Truth for Today

Truth for Today

Truth for Today

Truth for Today shares perspectives on Bible truths and current events - with particular relevance to our corner. You'll also find details of upcoming events in the Black Isle area and reports of recent activities.


RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, November 15, 2017 19:01:15


Thanks to all who attended the TeaBreak talk on Jock Troup this afternoon - standing room only!

Jock Troup was brought up in Wick, Caithness. He was converted in Dublin while serving in the Royal Naval Patrol Service. On his return to Wick he threw himself into evangelistic activities. He was by trade a cooper, making barrels for the booming herring fishing industry. This led him to Great Yarmouth in 1921, and in October that year revival broke out. Jock was preaching in the open air to crowds of young men and women, many from the north / north east of Scotland. At the close of his message many fell to the ground crying to God for mercy. The revival quickly spread among the fishing community, with thousands eventually turning to Christ for salvation.

After an evangelistic ministry which led him all over the UK and to Canada and America, Jock died in the pulpit in Washington aged 58 years. His last words were "Ye must be born again".

The influence of Jock Troup and the "Fishermen's Revival" is still felt around the coastal towns of Scotland and eastern England today. Many Christians have heard past generations talk of the wonderful days of revival when scores were soundly converted.

Jock Troup knew that nothing less than total surrender to God was required. He was a man of fervent and noisy prayer, deep faith and a boundless zeal for souls. He wept copiously, mainly in private, over the fate of the lost. He may have been a man for his times, but his God is our God today, and revival is still possible ...


RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, October 25, 2017 21:47:43

Thanks to everyone who came to the Gospel service in Avoch Parish Church Hall last Sunday. It was a memorable evening! Phil Coulson, a Bible teacher and Gospel preacher, spoke about the power of the gospel message, illustrating his talk by telling how lives had been changed in India and Sri Lanka.

In India, a former snake-worshipper had been converted, and the transformation in his life was amazing. In Sri Lanka, Phil told of a tea-picker who had come face to face with death and had been gloriously saved. Finally he related how a Sri Lankan witch doctor had been delivered from the power of Satan.

We were all left with no doubt as to the power that Satan exerts over men and women - but we were also impressed with the greater power of the Gospel message! Lives and destinies across the world are being changed. The Gospel is still the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes!


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 ( if you think this would be a good idea!

Dan Crawford - A Heart for Africa

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:


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!

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