UPCOMING EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, January 10, 2018 11:26:59
SUNDAY 28 JANUARY 8.00 - 8.45 pm
AVOCH PARISH CHURCH HALL
The fishing communities of Scotland still bear the marks of a mighty evangelical revival that took place almost 100 years ago. The story of how God moved, people were converted, lives and communities were transformed is gripping and so relevant to our society today. Prepare to be thrilled, challenged and encouraged!
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, November 15, 2017 19:01:15
JOCK IN ACTION
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
THINKING SCRIPTUREPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, August 23, 2017 09:46:52
1700s Britain was an ugly place. By common consent, standards of decency and public morality were incredibly low. Visitors from mainland Europe were astonished and disgusted by the filth, coarseness and debauchery on display on London's streets. Images by Hogarth, such as Gin Lane depict a society on the brink of collapse. Lawlessness and robbery was rife, leading Hugh Walpole to observe, "One is forced to travel, even at noon, as if one were going to battle".
Despite all its well documented faults, the Victorian era saw an amazing change in society and attitudes. Slavery had been abolished, education was widely available to the poor, the penal code had been reformed, Sunday Schools were common in every parish, charities - such as Barnardo's Homes, NSPCC, YMCA - had been established. Knowledge of the Bible was widespread.
What made the difference? No doubt there were many factors, but without a doubt the main driving force for change was what is now referred to as the Wesleyan Revival of the 1700s.
John Wesley was converted in 1738. Immediately he set about spreading the Gospel message throughout the UK. By the time of his death in 1791, Wesley had travelled 250,000 miles on horseback, from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands, preaching the Gospel. Thousands were converted, and social change followed hard on the heels of the revival. Given a new hope and purpose in living, the new converts saw the world in a different way - and society was changed.
Sadly, today's UK society is reverting to the disastrous model of the 1700's. What we need today - more than ever - is a genuine evangelical revival. When people are converted, everyone benefits. Let us pray that the Gospel Wesley preached will be preached without fear, and that the God of John Wesley will change our society again!
THINKING SCRIPTUREPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, August 09, 2017 12:06:06
My daily reading at the moment is in the Old Testament First book of Kings.
I've noticed how that the reigns of many kings of Judah / Israel are recorded concisely, in a matter of a few verses. No doubt important rulers in their day, but meriting only the briefest of glances in the Word of God. The salient points of their reigns were not their military might or material wealth. Rather the Bible focuses on their relationship with God.
When all is said and done, that is surely all that matters. In one hundred years from now, most of us will be totally forgotten. Any legacy we think we will leave will have long faded. Things that interest / obsess us today will be totally meaningless. What will remain eternally is our standing with God.
I'm encouraged today to try to view things from an eternal standpoint. To get my priorities re-calibrated. To focus on what really matters. Around 2000 years ago Paul wrote: We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18)
Let's live today with eternity in view.
THINKING SCRIPTUREPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Sat, July 29, 2017 15:19:50
Our Bible Study last night focused on the five brave souls who stood by the cross of Jesus while He suffered (John 19:25-27). Not an easy place to be ...
Four of the five were women, and the fifth was John, the only one of the twelve disciples present.
The four women were -
1. Mary (mother of the Lord)
2. Mary's sister
3. Mary the wife of Cleophas
4. Mary Magdalene
We know very little about the middle two, but we have details of the first and the last named women - and what a contrast they were! Mary (mother of the Lord), although a sinner like us all, was a godly young virgin chosen by God to bring Jesus into the world. Mary Magdalene, on the other hand, had known the darkness of demon-possession and immoral living. And yet both stand together at the cross.
The fellowship of the cross brings surprising people together! They were there because they loved the Lord, and although they could do nothing, and say nothing, at least they could stand with Him in His hour of suffering and shame. He meant everything to them, and they were prepared to endure the shame of the cross just to stand by His side.
God recorded their actions. Heaven was pleased with the stance they took. They will have an eternal reward - just for standing at the right place, at the right time.
Our Lord is still rejected and despised by the world. It is our privilege to stand by His cross, to take our stance - humbly, publicly, unapologetically - with Him. It will run contrary to current political correctness and media-driven liberal morality, but it will be noted and appreciated in Heaven.