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.
UPCOMING EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Sat, July 29, 2017 15:00:29
A new Home Bible Study series begins in FORTROSE! The four accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provide a fascinating and full picture of the Saviour. Discover the writers and their writings - and how they impact on us today. Don't miss this exciting series - all are welcome and free refreshments are provided!
The first study is: "MATTHEW - THE KING and HIS AUTHORITY"
The study will be held on THURSDAY 10 AUGUST at 7.30 pm
VENUE: Douglas & Elisabeth Mowat, 1 Barclay Drive, FORTROSE, IV10 8AA
For transport / further details call 01381 622264
UPCOMING EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Mon, July 10, 2017 21:24:22
In the late 1800's Dwight L Moody and Ira D Sankey formed a partnership that was to change the lives and destinies of thousands. Their evangelistic campaigns shook whole cities and neighbourhoods, and led to changes in society both in USA and UK.
This fascinating talk will focus on the men and their message, and examine what motivated them in their worldwide mission.
SUNDAY 23 JULY 8.00 - 8.45 pm
AVOCH PARISH CHURCH HALL
FREE REFRESHMENTS - All welcome!
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: email@example.com
THINKING SCRIPTUREPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Wed, June 07, 2017 10:14:19
There is a scandal that has been around for over 2000 years. It has never made the front page of any tabloid, but has affected the lives of millions. It doesn't involve any celebs, although some are scandalized by it.
It's the scandal of the cross.
Paul, writing to the Galatians, refers to 'the offence [scandal] of the cross' (5:11). People find the cross offensive, scandalous.
Why is the cross of Christ a scandalous thing? There are a number of reasons:
1. It was a shameful death - to be crucified was the lowest, most shameful form of execution. To accept a crucified Saviour means we must swallow our pride.
2. It was a substitutionary death - when Christ died on the cross He became the substitute for all who believe in Him. The cross reminds me of my guilt and sinfulness.
3. It was a representative death - as a Christian, I died with Him. I died to sin, to self, to the world.
4. It was a judicial death - in the cross, God judged me and all that I stand for. The cross tells me that I am nothing.
Naturally, we don't like the message of the cross - and yet we need it! Whether an unbeliever or a believer, all God has to say to us is bound up in the cross.
In the very same letter to the Galatians, Paul says that he 'glories' [boasts] in the cross (6:14). What is naturally a scandalous thing has become a glorious thing!
Am I offended by the message of the cross, or do I glory in it?