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Belfast Marathon 2011 Not On Sunday

13 May

(Thanks to Joel for his comment pointing this out and Dad for his excited text with the news. I felt the news was so good it deserved a full post.)

“Last night members from all of the five political parties represented on Belfast City Council’s development committee agreed that the issue would be postponed for a year and guaranteed it would be held on the usual Monday in 2011.” Newsletter

The BBC and the Newsletter report that contrary to earlier fears the 2011 Belfast Marathon will not be held on a Sunday. It will continue to take place on Easter Monday. These reports, however, do seem to indicate that the issue may raise itself again next year. Lets keep fighting to keep the command to keep the Sabbath holy in the public conciousness for the sake of God’s Glory.

Cromie got our time wrong in his hilarious round up, it was actually 4:19:54

One thing that does bemuse me a little is that  the BBC and Newsletter both quote Stafford Carson and fail to mention the Moderator of the RPCI Synod who ran the whole thing! Thanks to all those who sponsored Dad and I, together we raised over £1000 for the Prostate Cancer Charity. If you’ve promised money but weren’t able to give it to us at the time please pass it on as soon as possible. If you haven’t sponsored us you can still do so online.

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

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

The Wisdom of Heaven on Sex

16 Feb

It’s not just Premiership footballers who struggle with these sins.

Proverbs 5-7 contains God’s wisdom on a very important and difficult issue. Public figures like John Terry and Iris Robinson’s lives would have  fewer regrets if they had heeded it but this isn’t just an issue for heavily criticised celebrities. In his sermon a few Sabbath evenings ago Dad preached on these three chapters and said “there is not one of us who is without sin in this area”. This sermon is essential listening as we strive for purity in an impure world.

The Wisdom of Heaven on Sex – Rev. David McCullough
(Proverbs 5, 6v20-35, 7)

Right click on the sermon title and select “Save As”.

Rugby Star Explains Why He Won’t Play On Sundays

5 Jan

Euan Murray has spoken publicly for the first time on his decision not to play on the Sabbath Day.

“It’s basically all or nothing, following Jesus. I don’t believe in pick ‘n’ mix Christianity. I believe the bible is the word of God, so who am I to ignore something from it?… I realised it’s quite simple, really. Jesus said, ‘If you love me, keep my commandments’ and there are 10 commandments – not nine.” Euan Murray

Read Full Article in the Daily Record

Listen to an hour long interview from Sermon Audio with the man himself.


Rugby Star Refuses to Play on Sabbath

16 Dec

Lions prop Euan Murray has announced that he will be unavailable to play on Sundays for Scotland or his club side Northampton.

“Murray, who has 28 caps, is a devout Christian and is understood to be reluctant to take part in a match which would compromise his belief in Sabbath observance.

Although unwilling to discuss the matter publicly on this occasion, Murray has acknowledged in the past that he has wrestled with the issue of playing on a Sunday before now…

Murray, formerly of Glasgow, once explained that he had been a Christian for most of his life, but his faith deepened dramatically three years ago when, after suffering with a series of injuries and other problems, he decided to devote his life to God.

He subsequently suggested that an upturn in his fortunes had been directly connected to that strengthening of his faith.

Over the past couple of years he has become recognised as one of the best props in the world.”

Daily Telegraph

Read more about it from the Daily Telegraph or BBC News.

Petition to Protect Christians from Working on Sundays

7 Nov

“We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Protect Christians From Working Sundays.”

Current legislation does not protect Christians from having to work on Sunday so please sign this petition on the Downing Street website.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11

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