Tag Archives: God

Mark Loughridge on Suffering

4 Oct

Pastor Mark Loughridge of New Life Fellowship, Letterkenny, and Milford RPC spoke at our church conference day this year. He addressed the theme of the Christian and Suffering. These talks are available in video and mp3 format.

(Sadly the video recording cut out during the last point but all was recorded as an mp3)

Things That Waste Our Suffering

Trusting Amidst Suffering

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)

Join the Church to Bring God Glory

2 Jul

Fifth reason and conclusion from Rev. David McCullough’s series, “Why Join the Church?”

5. Because we want to Bring Glory to God

How we live our lives can bring glory to God.  Peter writing to the early NT believers wrote, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” (I Peter 2:12)  That is not only true for us as individuals but also in our lives together.  Our lives together are to show that we belong to Christ and to bring Him glory.  When you join the church you are being adopted into the family of God’s people and in that family the relationships lived out and the service given one for the other will bring glory to God.  Bringing glory to God is the reason above all that Christians should belong to a church.

Obviously anyone can come along to the services and benefit from the preaching and the warmth of the fellowship.  But there are many more privileges in belonging to the church.  You will receive the official care and oversight of the minister and elders; you will have the opportunity to come to the Lord’s Table without being welcomed as a visitor.  You will have the privilege of your children being able to receive the sign of baptism.  You will have the privilege of being able to stand alongside a group of believers knowing that this is your church where you will be cared for, prayed for and your gifts utilised to God’s glory.

So do not merely attend a church – join.  Join because God says so, because you need to, because others will be blessed and most of all because God will be glorified.

Why Join the Church?


1. To Obey

2. To Receive Care

3. To Fulfil Responsibilities

4. To Reach the Lost World

5. To Bring God Glory

God of Jacob

2 Jun

An excerpt from the sermon “Welcoming the King” on Psalm 24 by Rev. David McCullough. You can also watch the whole sermon or download the mp3.

Join the Church to Receive Care

19 May

Reason no.2 from Rev. David McCullough’s series “Why Join the Church?”

We aren’t to live the Christian life as Lone Rangers

2. Because We Need the Care of the Church
The Lord does not call us to live our lives on our own. He expects us to belong to a congregation of God’s people where we will be cared for and can be involved in making and caring for new disciples. The NT is full of instruction on how the flock of God is to be cared for. Matthew 18:15-17 tells us how the church should respond when someone in the church starts to live like an unbeliever; “tell it to the church…treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”
This has practical implication for our lives. God has designed church discipline to be a blessing in our lives – His means for calling us back when we wander. Someone not in membership of a local congregation does not have this privilege and that is a very dangerous position to be in.

Rev. David McCullough

Why Join the Church?


1. To Obey

2. To Receive Care

3. To Fulfil Responsibilities

4. To Reach the Lost World

5. To Bring God Glory

Sunbeam of the Father’s Love

8 May

“It is true that we do not come directly to the Father by faith. We can only come to him by the Son. Jesus said, ‘I am the way,  the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ (John 14:6)… Through Christ, then, we have access to the Father, we behold the Father’s glory also and enjoy fellowship with the Father in his own special love. All this we receive by faith. As we come to the Father’s love through Christ, so the Father’s love comes to us through Christ. The light of the sun comes to us by its beams. By its beams we see the sun, and by its beams the sun touches us. Jesus Christ is the beam of his Father’s love and through hum the Father’s love reaches down and touches us. By Jesus Christ also we see and experience and are led up to the Father’s love. If we, as believers, would meditate on this truth more and live in the light of it, there would be great spiritual growth in our walk with God.” John Owen, Communion with God

April Book Review – A.W Tozer

14 Apr

This is the first in our series of Monthly Book Reviews by the A.K Team. This month, is A.W  Tozer’s book, ‘ The Knowledge of the Holy’. It has recently been re-released as part of a 10 book Box Set, reliving some of his classic works, which are as  relevant and powerful today as ever.

Couldn't find a picture of the New Edition!

Some information on the Author:

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) was  a pastor, preacher, author and editor. He was called a twentieth-century prophet even in his own lifetime. Converted at seventeen after an encounter with a street preacher, his ministry spanned more than forty years. He is one of the best loved Christian authors of all time, leaving a legacy of inspirational, Christ-centred books that have had a profound influence on Christians worldwide.

The 10 Book Box Set

Pretty much all of the books in this 10 part series are class, titles like “Whatever Happened to Worship?”,  “I Talk Back to the Devil” and “The Pursuit of God” just make you wanna read them.

However, I would like to plug “The Knowledge of the Holy” at this particular time, i’ve been reading it recently with a group of school friends in a Friday Morning Devotional time we have together and the book has continued to amaze me as the year has gone on.

We have been looking at it in a study format, reading a chapter at a time and getting stuck into what the chapter is teaching us. The many characteristics of God have been expounded by Tozer and they have made our discussions about each chapter lengthy and mind blowing. Chapters like “The Self Sufficiency of God”, “The Wisdom of God”, “The Grace of God”, “The Eternity of God” and “The Sovreignty of God” have been my favourite, they are truely exceptional, taking these well know characteristics of God which i’ve always been aware of, but making me think so much deeper about them, what they truely mean for us and what impact they should be having on our lives.

I would really recommend this book for personal or group use, it will ultimately make you closer with our Father in Heaven as we learn more about Him. It’s a fantastic read and if you see it or any of the Tozer collection, snap it up!

“If you have never read Tozer – what are you waiting for?” Warren Wiersbe

We Are All Theologians

13 Mar

Is it right to ever say “I’m not a theologian”? Whilst we may never compare to the great minds associated with the term we are all called to study God.

This is a promotion video for Josh Harris’ latest book Dug Down Deep.

(HT: Josh Harris)

What made it OK for God to kill women and children in the Old Testament?

10 Mar

Reading passages in the Old Testament we can often be appalled by the large extent of the loss of human life. John Piper offers this helpful answer to a question often raised by these parts of the Bible.

Evening Worship Because It’s the Lord’s Day

8 Mar

Reason number 3 from Rev. David McCullough’s series “Why Evening Worship?”

3. Because of the Nature of the Lord’s Day

The Lord’s day is for rest.  That rest is not the rest of inactivity but the rest of worship and service.  We are commanded to keep the whole day in a holy manner – i.e. set aside for the Lord.  We are not to use the Sabbath just as a time to rest our bodies physically.  Our primary rest is found in the Lord Jesus Christ, learning of Him and His Word.  Through the prophet Isaiah God told His people about the blessing of putting God first. “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honourable, and if you honour it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, then you will find your joy in the Lord” (Isaiah 58:13& 13a).

Another purpose of the Sabbath is to point us to Christ’s return and the rest that is yet to come.  That rest of heaven will be unbroken and worshipping God publicly throughout the Sabbath day as we have opportunity is good practice for the life that is ahead.

The argument that worshipping twice will leave me too tired for my work simply does not stand – we are not to do as we please.  When we put Him first He has promised to add to our lives all that we need.

Part 1- Because of the Glory of God

Part 2- Because Jesus is There