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“Portraits of Jesus” sermons now available

29 Nov

Each of the addresses from Lisburn’s Bible Conference Week are now available of the R.P.C Website. Professor Edward Donnelly spoke on the ‘Portrait’s of Jesus’ coming from the ‘I AM’ statements of the Bible. Please get on and download these and they are immensely helpful expositions of the text, so hopefully you will listen and learn from them.

Sermon titles include:

‘I am the Bread of Life’

‘I am the Light of the World’

‘I am the Resurrection and the Life’

‘I am the True Vine’

‘I am He’

Follow the link below to get on and take your pick of the sermons:

http://rpc.org/sermon/series/Portraits_of_Jesus

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A Tribute….

25 Nov

If you happened to catch last Saturday’s big upset at Murrayfield, you would have witnessed a great spectacle of grit and determination as Scotland overcame the World Champions of Rugby. Their 21-17 win over the Springboks was a great occasion, but it wasn’t just the Rugby that caught my attention. I also heard possibly the best tribute to a rugby player during a match, the player in question, was Scottish prop Euan Murray.

Now just in case you think you’re suffering from deja vu, we have done a previous post about Murray, but I felt this short one is just another example of his staunch commitment to his faith and belief  and the effect it can have.

Cotter: ‘And of course Euan Murray won’t be available for Scotland’s 6 Nations matches against England and Ireland because of his belief of not to play Rugby on Sundays…..he’ll be sorely missed in the Scottish front row.’

Moore: ‘You know I really respect that, the man has made his decision and has the commitment to stick by it.’

(The above has been slightly paraphrased as I can’t remember it word for word. If you can find the exact reference whilst watching on iPlayer please inform me!)

So we see here how even this decision can have impacts on numerous people, perhaps a lesson for us all to learn here, our we following through our beliefs with utter conviction? We at Another King will always be in full support for Mr. Murray because of his stand for Christ and His day. (And I promise that this will be the last Rugby related post by me in a while!)

Not to be messed with!

Your Guide to Life

12 Nov

When you’ve been out and about recently, you’ll have noticed a chill in the air and a change in the colour of leaves, that’s right, Autumn is upon us! And I always really look forward to this time of the year, not so I can make the usual generic comments about how ‘the leaves are a lovely shade this time of year’ and ‘look how dark it is outside already!’, but because it is the time of year when Rugby’s finest from the South Hemisphere come on tour and so the Autumn Internationals start! Yes, that’s right, we can look forward to our weekends when terrestial T.V coverage will be overrun with some classic fixtures and some of the sport’s great players will be on display.

So in my usual preparation to these great matches, I was doing a bit of reading on how the Tri-Nations teams had been performing up to now and my eye was drawn to an article on Australia’s new up and coming Out Half, Quade Cooper. He is a fantastic athlete with a great set of hands and feet and a mind to run the game, however it wasn’t his skill at the game of Rugby that caught my eye.

Cooper in action for the Wallabies earlier in the year

In the Rugby World magazine, Cooper was featured and interviewed in an article that focused on the beginnings of his career, where he found his motivation and desire, and what he hopes to achieve. As a young sportsman, these are perfectly normal questions to face, but it was his responses which intrigued me most. The article started with a quote from Michael Jordan, the world’s greatest ever Basketball player, who said this:

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost 300 games. 26 times i’ve been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again. And that is why I succeed.

'Air Jordan' showing his skill in his famous Chicago Bulls No.23 Shirt

The article went on to explain how it was Jordan’s constant embrace of risk in the pursuit of success that drew Cooper to him and therefore this is why Jordan’s quote has been an inspiration to him. This sentence then followed; Forget the Bible, for a 22 year old fast emerging world rugby star, Jordan’s story is a good a guide to life as Cooper is going to get.”

A very interesting quote. In todays world, I wonder how many millions upon millions simply ‘forget the Bible’ when it comes to working out their own life guides. I do wonder where people get their guide to life, which philosopher, celebrity or personal thought do they turn to in order to have some direction in their lives. Many today perhaps think the Bible to slow and old fashioned to keep up with their hip and exciting ways of living, like Quade Cooper, success, money and status has given the world it’s drive to cast aside the holy word of God and catch and hold to other meaningless and empty words to guide them.

As for Christians, we know that the Bible is God’s infallible word; Psalm 119:105 ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ and Joshua 1:8 ‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.’ are just a few verses which show how important it should be in our every day lives.

May we take great confidence that we know our life guide is coming from the very mouth of the Lord, that every word in the book is fashioned for our own well being and good.

Psalm 119:103, ‘How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’

‘The Master of my Soul’

6 Nov

Hopefully you regular readers on Another King won’t see me as a movie junkie due to my other posts about classic film lines, however I felt this one was begging to be doneas i’ve been hearing it a lot recently. My focus isn’t exactly on a film, it is on the poem, ‘Invictus’, written by Victorian writer William Ernest Henley in 1875 and this has been more recently made famous by Clint Eastwood’s production in 2009, where he captures the poem being used in South Africa as they won the 1995 Rugby World Cup against all the odds. Perhaps you’ve seen the film or heard a few lines, but never got a chance to read the whole thing, well here’s your opportunity!

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 

A poem that is filled with rich language and it’s all pretty emotional when it is used against the backdrop of a South African nation over coming apartheid and social inequality to go on and conquer some of the biggest names in world rugby, however that’s not what I wish to focus on. The last two lines have become very popular in recent months, many people have quoted them, have them scribbled down on their notepads or merely just thinking them to themselves in testing circumstances.

But when we stop to think about the implications of those last two lines, we see the utter foolishness of mankind creeping in. Psalm 14:1 states ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God’, and the words of this poem seem to show up this flaw in man’s heart. Man thinks we’re able to control our own future, we think we’re able to go against whatever circumstances beset us, because we are the ‘captain of our souls’.

We see many modern minds telling the masses of people in this world that because there is nothing out there, nothing eternal to worry about, then why shouldn’t every man and woman be in charge of themselves? No matter what is happening, they can turn it around because of their inward pride, because of their belief in no deity and their belief in their own strenght….

Of course, those readers of the scriptures know this to be nonsense….Psalm 128:1 ‘Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!’ Psalm 46:1 ‘God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.’ We must acknowledge that God is the master of our fates, he alone is the only one who can be a comfort in the midst of troubles and he alone is the only one that man can find refuge in on that great and terribly judgement day that is coming. May we continue to realise our own stupidity in placing trust in our own works and turn to an increased faith in God and his saving power.

As with all poems, lots of people can have lots of various takes on them so upon reading Invictus you feel some thing sticking out at you, drop us a comment and feel free to share!

 

A Dog or Cat person?

1 Nov

I’m not sure if many of you have ever listened in on a heated debate about pets, but I did recently, and as I listened on with intrigue, of course the major topic was the age old rivalry between dogs and cats. I’m sure many of you have had or heard this discussion before, lines like ‘Dog’s are more obedient’ and ‘Cat’s are more loving’ are just some of the familiar arguments that are always thrown about. I bet that even now as you are reading this, you already have picked a side in your mind of which you like best. However, as most of you reading this know of my complete bewilderment of even owning a pet, you can be assured that this post isn’t going to be about the pro’s and con’s of owning either a Dog or  a Cat……

Feel free to ensue a debate in the Comments section if you wish...

I know numerous Dog and Cat lovers, many of these people find great delight in their pets, in the company and fun they provide, (and I am not about to condemn this in any way just in case you think i’m getting at that!) These people along with numerous others around the globe, have already established firmly in their minds whether they are a dog or cat person. I simply wish to ask this, are we also being God people?

We may find lots of time to groom our pets, to bath them, to feed them, to spend lots of money on them, to give them our full attention, fulfil their wants and needs, but is it perhaps the case that this like so many other things, are overtaking the position of God as number one in our lives? When we compare how close a relationship we can have with things of this world, like our pets, like our hobbies, it may be saddening to think that we could potentially have a closer link to them than with our God. May we all find enough time in our days to be a living sacrifice to God, to give Him the time, attention, care and concern that we would show so readily to other things.

As we’re considering things which may be taking over in our lives, let’s remember the words of Psalm 119:57 ‘The Lord is my portion’, He is the one which satisfies our needs, may He continue to be our rock and cornerstone.

Lisburn’s Bible Conference Week, 25th-29th October

25 Oct

This week sees the launch of Lisburn’s bi-annual Bible Conference Week. Our speaker this year is Professor Edward Donnelly who has chosen ‘the Portraits of Jesus’ as his topic. The meetings will be held each evening at 8pm at our Church building on the Nettlehill Road. It would be fantastic if you could come along to at least one of these meetings as they promise to be very challenging and useful for our Christian lives. Please see our invitation below and have a glance over the topics and evenings and we hope to see you there. If you want another reason why you should attend, supper will also be provided after each evening!

 

Stranraer GO Team

13 Sep

That’s right folks, GO Team report season continues here on AK. This time, it’s the turn of Stranraer which took place on Saturday 4th September. (see controversial section of comments concerning Committees, Weddings and Bun-Clarification here.)

Once finding out our hastily put together travel arrangements, we found ourselves sitting in the foot-passenger section of Belfast’s Stena Line Port at the early hour of 6.15am. The murky morning didn’t dampen our spirits, and soon there were 7 Team Members, 3 Cooks and a Mr and Mrs Loughridge setting off across the Pond for our days work in Stranraer. I myself was a bit apprehensive, not at the prospect of doing a days work in Scotland, but more at the fact that if I bought the ridiculously over-priced Fry, I may end up seeing it again due to the rocky nature of the journey.

One hour into our crossing, I was told that there was ‘only two hours to go’ until we reached our destination, so of course cards were brought out to pass the time and it wasn’t long before the Team was involved in an intense game of Pitt while Ken worked on the Trinity announcements for the following morning. (Unfortunately there was no opportunity to hi-jack these and make some funny changes.)

Tom and Pete wolfing down their Fry

You think Brenna looks annoyed here? You should have seen Pete when there was no match report in the paper of N.I's 1-0 away win!

A drowsy Tom during Pitt

On arrival at Stranraer, we were whisked away in cars to our HQ for the day, Stranraer’s hall, where we enjoyed a much needed cup of Coffee or Tea and we also met up with the group that came down from Airdre to help out (despite reports that Beth was driving slowly cautiously). Shortly after, we started into our Leaflet Distribution for the day, some of us headed into villages on the outskirts of Stranraer whereas others targeted the centre of the town. The invites were simply inviting the local people to come  to the services along with a short explanation of why they should return to Church.We arrived back to HQ for Lunch and were greeted by glorious smells which meant that there would be no salad sandwiches served but cocktail sausages and potatoes galore.

Although the Distribution was our main ministry of the day, but we also went into one of the Nursing Homes just up the road from the Church in the afternoon. This was an enouraging time of praise as many of the older folks were able to sing along with the Psalms and Ken Nelson spoke for a short while. After this we dusted off the rest of the leaflets in good time, meaning the total for the day was around 800 distributed.

Capturing a rare photo of Beth!

George, the affectionately named 'Crazy Ken' and Bob

The rest of the day consisted of sharing in a time of fellowship with the members of Stranraer, we had tea together and then a short period of Psalm Singing (from the old Psalter…so of course I messed up quite alot) and before we knew it, the time had come to wave goodbye and head back to the Port.

The way home was a sleepy one, after some consumption of food and games of Pitt we were soon back in Belfast and heading our seperate ways. It was strange being on a GO Team for just a day, the main benefit I felt was the opportunity to encourage the people of Stranraer, they clearly loved having us over and it was nice to be over and help them with their outreach. Much prayer is needed for the future of the congregation however, so please remember this work.

Stephen with the condemned chair in the background!

Connor and Stephen cracking jokes about the Pulpit...