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To Seek Revival Means There is Deadness…

2 Aug

New Horizon Hebridean style

Im not going to tell you where this quote is from just yet, if you want you can guess, all will be revealed in later blog posts. For now, its just an interesting quote on revival and threw up some questions; What DO we need to do “For revival to come”?  Is there a difference between revival in the Church and revival that reaches the community /nation? Is ‘revival’ even something we should be focusing on? I want to leave the floor open on this one, so if you have any comments or opinions please share.

“The essencial problem e.g., falling membership, failure to keep the children of church families, no men comming forward for the ministery or members offering for missionary service, are indicatons of deep-rooted spiritual malaise in the church.

To anwser, “Pray for revival”, is not sufficient. For revival to come there must be faithfulness, especially to vows made before God, which vows include not only Bible reading and prayer, but committed and constant attendance at worship services, including evening services; keeping the sacraments; and sacrificial giving (until-it-hurts-giving) to the Lords work.

Revival is hampered by lackadasical attendance and minimal giving. Revival too, will bring consequences in upsetting “the way it’s been done for x-years”. New people will have new ideas and there must be an openness in the present membership to listen and accept profitable change.

To seek revival means there is deadness which requires the life-giving power of the holy spirit to fan the dying embers into a glowing fire. The Church members must be awakened from their lethargy; from their acceptance of the status-quo; and from their failure to take seriously the vows made before God.”

The Bible is not about you, it’s about Him

21 May

I’ve posted Tim Keller’s words on finding Christ in the Old Testament before but you can now think about them as you watch this beautiful kinetic typography video.

(HT: NWBingham)

Cameron Enters Bible Translation Debate

4 May


Urban Legends from the Pulpit

29 Apr

Came across an interesting post on mere urban legends that are persistently used in sermons. Trevor Wax claims that the seven statements in this list are merely myths.

1. The “eye of the needle” refers to a gate outside Jerusalem.

2. The high priest tied a rope around his ankle so that others could drag him out of the Holy of Holies in case God struck him dead.

3. Scribes took baths, discarded their pens, washed their hands, etc. every time they wrote the name of God.

4. There was this saying among the sages: “May you be covered in your rabbi’s dust.”

5. Voltaire’s house is now owned by a Bible-printing publisher.

6. Gehenna was a burning trash dump outside Jerusalem.

7. NASA scientists have discovered a “missing day” which corresponds to the Joshua account of the sun standing still.

Read the full post for more details.

I’d definitely heard no. 1, 2 and 6 before. Which ones have you heard?

Iain D. Campbell at Knockbracken

28 Feb

For any of you who weren’t able to get along to Knockbracken’s Bible Conference Week in early February, the talks have now been made available on their snazzy, redesigned website.

The Conference ran from the 13th-16th of February and Dr. Iain D Campbell (Point Free Church, Lewis) was speaking on Christ in Hebrews. Incidentally, don’t make the mistake I did and think that any one who is from Lewis will know any body else who ever has lived there.

These are well worth a listen as Dr. Campbell went through the following titles very effectively with great challenge and application for his listeners.

  1. The Person of Christ
  2. The Priesthood of Christ
  3. The Profession of Christ
  4. The Promise of Christ


“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the Heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with out weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may recieve mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16

Portrush Summer Bible Readings

26 Jul

This is a guest post written by Emmaline McCollum, who very graciously was persuaded to do a bit of advertising the upcoming Summer Bible Readings happening at Glenmanus R.P Church.

As some of you may know, each year, Glenmanus R.P.C hosts its very own Summer Bible Readings.  And no, this is not the only time in the summer we read our Bibles!  They are simply a series of meetings held with the goal of encouraging Christians of all ages, rather than being evangelistic.  In previous years we have men such as Rev Andrew Stewart, Prof Edward Donnelly and Rev John Woodside speaking.  One of my favourite parts of the week each year is seeing so many different churches and denominations come and worship together; singing psalms and being taught from Scripture.

The Venue for the Bible Readings

This year we have Rev Ken Smith coming all the way from Pennsylvania, USA.  He is a well-known retired pastor in the RPCNA and served in Glenmanus in the 1970’s.   He will be speaking about “The Way, The Walk and The Work of Christian Discipleship”.   They take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week at 8pm in the Church.

So, if you have a spare evening this week, come and be encouraged, hear how you can serve God better in this important aspect of all of our Christian lives and enjoy Christian fellowship by the Sea!

Evening Worship Because of Our Need

3 Apr

The final reason from Rev. David McCullough’s leaflet “Why Evening Worship?” plus his  practical advice

7. Because of our Need

God has designed that the people of God will be built up in their faith through the preaching of the Word of God.  We are commanded to let the Word of Christ dwell richly within you (Colossians 3:16).  We are told to be as new born babies that crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (I Peter 2:2). Remember that when these commands were given people had no personal Bible to take home for daily devotions.  It was the Word publicly preached that was food for their souls.

Imagine a mother who each day provides two good meals for her family.  Would she not be concerned that some of the children were skipping meals?  Would the evidence of skipping meals not soon appear in their lives? Christ desires that we will be set apart for His service in our homes, work places and communities.  He has prescribed the means for our sanctification.  Sanctify them by the truth, Your word is truth. (John 17:17)

Practical Help

1. Prepare for the Sabbath day by ensuring that you are in bed early on a Saturday evening.  Children will need particular help with this.

2. Plan your visiting of family and friends for a Saturday evening and not a Sabbath evening.

3. If you are having friends or family for hospitality ensure that you are organised before hand and have worked out your timing to enable a return for evening worship.

4. Some with children can say that the children are too small to be present in the evening.  This may be so for some.  But if we are happy to have them out late at the cinema, or on a visit to friends late in the evening can evening worship be too late? It is a matter of priorities.

5. For some who are elderly and find the travelling on a winter’s night too demanding – you should consider speaking with the minister asking if a lift can be arranged.  We would be delighted to arrange this.

“If men wish the knowledge of Jesus’ resurrection to die out, let them neglect to keep holy the first day of the week, if they desire that event to be everywhere known and remembered let them consecrate that day  to the worship of the risen Saviour.”

Charles Hodge

Part 1- Because of the Glory of God

Part 2- Because Jesus is There

Part 3- Because It’s the Lord’s Day

Part 4- Because of Each Other

Part 5- Because of Our Witness

Part 6- Because of Your Elders