Posted by Douglas J H Mowat Fri, July 20, 2018 16:36:39
Humanism is on the rise in the UK. More and more people, it seems, are opting for Humanist burials and weddings, where any reference to God is scrupulously avoided.
The irony, of course, is that Humanism has its own deity - and the clue is in the name! Having ruled out the possibility of a higher power or creative personality, humanists have turned their worship towards the human spirit. The Bible describes this attitude as 'worshipping and serving the creation, rather than the creator' (Romans 1:25).
To quote from the Humanist Society Scotland website, "Humanists believe that the solutions to the world's problems lie in human thought and action rather than divine intervention". In other words, man is his own saviour. It follows that the human being is the sole arbiter of right and wrong, the measure of morality and the object of living. Man's opinion is gospel, his needs are paramount, his word is law. Humanists fail to see that they have simply displaced one god with another!
Human beings were made to worship. As mankind moved further away from God they worshipped planets, stars, mountains, rivers, trees, animals, fish, insects, snakes ... and themselves. Only the absolutes of the Christian Gospel can restore man to a right relationship with God - a relationship where human beings have a dignity and purpose, because they were created in the image of God Himself.
Posted by Douglas J H Mowat Fri, July 20, 2018 15:13:32
Squadron Leader Dan Coulson talks about how his RAF experiences in the southern hemisphere relate to faith in God. This promises to be a fascinating talk and all are warmly invited! For free transport call 01381 622264.
Posted by Douglas J H Mowat Sat, May 26, 2018 16:18:31
Allan Wilson will be speaking about his home village - Portknockie
- and how the Gospel message transformed the population in the mid- and late- 1800s. This promises to be a fascinating and challenging talk, and all are warmly invited.
Posted by Douglas J H Mowat Tue, May 15, 2018 16:54:00
Our morning reading today was Psalm 82. Asaph writes this Psalm about justice. He bemoans the injustices of earth, and pleads with God to step in and judge righteously. One phrase stood out: all the foundations of the earth are out of course (v5). Asaph feels that the whole earth is wobbling, because there is no moral foundation in the justice system.
Well, he could be writing about 2018. Injustices seem to abound, and moral absolutes are ridiculed. Truths that have blessed our nation for centuries are now discarded as bigoted and worthless. No wonder things feel wobbly. Stability demands righteous foundations.
As a Christian, my personal foundation can never wobble! I am founded on Christ - His Person and His Work. There will be no movement there, despite the changing standards and mores of our godless society. And one day a King will reign in righteousness. Justice and righteousness will be the hallmarks of the future reign of the Lord Jesus. We pray: Thy kingdom come!
Posted by Douglas J H Mowat Tue, May 15, 2018 16:43:58
It was great to see the Gospel Hall full on Sunday afternoon to witness the baptism of a believer in the Lord Jesus! Thank you to all who attended. The baptism of a Christian is a solemn yet joyful occasion. The act of baptism is a dramatic and graphic picture of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. As the believer went under the water on Sunday she was saying that she died with Christ and was buried with Christ. As she rose out of the water she was testifying that she was raised with Christ to live in 'newness of life'. These are solemn and profound truths! And yet it is a moment of joy - to publicly take a stand as a believer in the Lord Jesus and to simply obey His command. The old hymn was right: "Trust and obey, For there's no other way, To be happy in Jesus, But to trust and obey"
! It is our prayer that the Lord will richly bless the young lady who took this step of willing obedience.
If you'd like to find out more about the subject, use the CONTACT tab on the Avoch Gospel Hall website to request a copy of Quick Guide to Baptism.
Posted by Douglas J H Mowat Thu, May 10, 2018 16:42:48
The annual Avoch Bible Teaching Conference is planned for 19 - 20 May 2018, Lord willing. The speaker will be Bible teacher Ian Grant, and the subject will be Paul's letter to the Philippians. It promises to be a stimulating a profitable weekend, and all are warmly invited to attend all or any of the sessions. Admission is free, and free refreshments are provided at each session.
Posted by Douglas J H Mowat Sun, April 15, 2018 17:23:52
The next monthly illustrated talk in Avoch promises to be fascinating. Bible teacher Phil Coulson has visited Burma (Myanmar) on several occasions - come and hear about his experiences. Free refreshments. For transport call 01381 620461 or 01381 622264.
Posted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, April 11, 2018 20:16:56
JOHANNA-RUTH DOBSCHINER was a young Dutch Jew whose family members were wiped out in the Nazi takeover of Holland. Hansie, as she was known, experience a number of miraculous escapes, eventually going 'underground' to wait out the war in hidiing. During these dramatic years she started reading the Bible - discovered about Jesus - and became a Christian. Her story is told in the thrilling book, "Selected to Live".
Thanks to all who attended the talk on Hansie today in Avoch. It was great to see the room filled and the evident interest. May God bless all who hear this testimony to His saving power!