RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Mon, October 16, 2017 17:26:09
Recently, we held a "Marathon Reading of the New Testament" on Inverness High Street, to commemorate the life of William Tyndale.
Tyndale's passion was to have the Bible available in a language the common people would understand. Despite opposition and persecution from the established church, Tyndale printed his first New Testament in English in 1526. Eventually this would lead to other versions being printed, and ultimately the King James Version in 1611.
He paid the ultimate price. On 6 October 1536 he was strangled and burnt at the stake as a heretic. We owe a great debt to Tyndale, and others like him. Let's value the word of God!
And how about an annual "Tyndale Day" on 6 October each year? Contact me (email@example.com) if you think this would be a good idea!
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, August 23, 2017 17:50:39
Thank you to all who came to the Tea@2 talk on Dan Crawford today!
Crawford (1870 - 1926) was an indefatigable Scot who preached the Gospel in what is now the Dem. Republic of Congo. He was a man of prodigious energy and ability - preaching, teaching, building, shepherding, translating - and was loved by thousands of African converts. They gave him the name Konga Vantu - literally "The Gatherer of the People" - as he became the gathering point for many distressed and dispossessed Congolese during the turbulent and brutal years of Belgian rule.
Dan Crawford was converted as a teenager of 17 years in Gourock. Although religious, he had never heard the Gospel clearly preached. Upon hearing of his need of salvation and being pointed to Christ, he trusted the Lord and famously stepped over a line drawn on the floor by a believer anxious to help him! From the moment of his conversion Crawford had a burning desire to tell others about the Saviour.
Two years later he accompanied F S Arnot on his return to Africa. It would be 22 years before Crawford stood again on British soil. His labours in Africa are legendary. Although he left school aged 14 with no further education, he was naturally a gifted linguist and was proficient in many African languages. He was able to present the Gospel in a way suited to the Africans of his time, and this became the subject of his fascinating book Thinking Black.
He died aged only 56 as the result of a minor accident. His body was laid to rest near the scene of his exertions, and his head was pillowed on a copy of the New Testament in the Luba language - which he himself had translated.
I think we all felt the challenge of a life lived to the full with one object - to tell others of Christ.
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Thu, July 06, 2017 22:37:01
Thank you to Scott & Roseanne for hosting the talk "What's Next" in Ullapool last night. Many thanks also to all who attended - and for your interest and good questions!
The subject was Bible Prophecy - a brief overview of what the Bible teaches about the future. We focussed on 5 main events:
1. The RAPTURE - Jesus comes back to take His Church home to heaven
2. The TRIBULATION - a 7-years period of unparalleled catastrophe, culminating in Armageddon
3. The REVELATION - the Lord Jesus comes back to planet Earth in glory and power as King of Kings
4. The MILLENNIUM - the thousand-year reign of Christ on earth, ending in the final rebellion and the Great White Throne Judgement
5. The ETERNAL STATE - a new heaven and a new earth
Whilst the detail of prophetic events can be bewildering, it's important to have the basic framework clear in our minds. The bottom line is - God is in control, and Christ will triumph! A great encouragement for every Christian, and a stimulus to share the good news of salvation with those who don't know the Lord.
A pdf copy of the presentation is available. To receive your free copy email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Mon, April 17, 2017 12:42:27
Thanks to everyone who attended the Easter services over the weekend. The theme was 'Easter Hymns', and we thought about "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross", "Burdens are Lifted at Calvary", and "He Lives, He Lives".
The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead, are foundational truths of Christianity. If He did not die for our sins and rise from the dead, then Christianity is absolutely worthless. The message of Easter is that He did die, and rise again, and is therefore able to save us from our sins!
Let's give thanks to God today for the triumph of the resurrection, and seek opportunities to spread this wonderful message!
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Thu, February 23, 2017 10:06:18
At Tea@2 in Fortrose this week the subject was the life of Dr Helen Roseveare - otherwise known as Mama Luka.
Helen Roseveare passed away in December 2016, leaving an incredible legacy. She served as a medical missionary in Congo during the brutal civil war, and suffered beatings and rape at the hands of the Simba rebels. Despite the trauma of her experiences, Helen returned to Congo established training hospitals and spread the Gospel of the grace of God. She counted it a 'privilege' to suffer for Christ. She returned to the UK in 1973 and was held in high esteem by Christians all over the world.
Although deeply religious, she was not converted until 1945 while studying at Cambridge. Her devotion to Christ and surrender to His will was complete, and we marvel at what God can do with a life given over into His hands ...
"Whose faith follow ..." (Heb.13:7).
The next Tea@2 will be held on 22 March - plan to be there! The subject will be another giant of faith - George Muller.
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Thu, October 06, 2016 21:43:59
Thanks to all who attended CROSS PURPOSES in Rosemarkie last Tuesday. The subject was "Paying the Debt" - and how the death of Jesus Christ 2000 years ago can cancel the debt of sin we owe.
We looked at the illustration Jesus gave of the 50p and 500p debtors, and discovered that they had a lot in common - both in debt, both unable to pay, both received free forgiveness. Debts do not simply disappear - someone must bear the cost! By dying on the cross Jesus Christ has paid the debt for all who turn to Him in faith for salvation.
"Jesus paid into the divine treasury a deposit of infinite value, sufficient to clear the debt of every sinner - and more!"
The next in the series will be held on TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER, and the subject will be "Life out of Death".
All are welcome!
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, September 14, 2016 19:41:53
Many thanks to all who attended Tea Break at Abie & Christine's today. It was good to see the room well filled.
The subject was "The Pearl Harbour Pilot" - the story of Mitsuo Fuchida, who led the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbour. Fuchida became a Christian after the war and dedicated the rest of his life to spreading the gospel message. The account of how he found peace and forgiveness is fascinating, and reminds us that we all need, and can receive, forgiveness - through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
A more peaceful subject for next month, God willing - the artist Holman Hunt. Further details here soon!
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Sat, August 27, 2016 10:40:24
The first HOME BIBLE STUDY in the KNOWING GOD series was held in Fortrose this week. Great to see all who attended - thanks for your enthusiastic support and interest! We looked at five areas of evidence which support belief in God:
1. Design in nature
4. Purposeful existence
5. Changed lives
Next month we hope to examine what the Bible teaches about the NATURE of God. If God exists, then it must be vitally important to discover what He is like ...
These studies are ideal for both Christians and non-Christians - all are warmly welcome to attend, and there's free refreshments thrown in! Contact Douglas on 01381 622264 if you need transport.