UPCOMING EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Sat, September 01, 2018 11:50:06
An exciting new monthly Home Bible Study is about to commence in Fortrose! Getting to God
looks at some lessons we can learn from the Old Testament Tabernacle. God designed this amazing structure in order to teach His people how they could approach Him. These illustrated talks will take a walk through the Tabernacle - from the Gate
on the east side, right through to the Holiest of All
, where God's immediate presence is known.
God does not live in buildings today. This object-lesson illustrates the spiritual realities of how we can get close to God in 2018. Don't miss this series!
FIRST SESSION: Thursday 6 September at 7.30 pm
Douglas Mowat, 1 Barclay Drive, Fortrose, IV10 8AA
For transport, directions, info: 01381 622264
RECENT EVENTSPosted by Douglas J H Mowat Sat, September 01, 2018 11:41:13
Thank you to everyone who attended the recent talk on the Six Day War in the Avoch Parish Church Hall. It was great to see the Hall full, and to hear many appreciative comments later.
Was the Six Day War a miracle? I believe it was. Stories abound of so-called supernatural events, but these may prove to be be apocryphal. The real miracle of this campaign was not the alleged appearance of angels, mysterious sandstorms etc., but rather the very fact that Israel survived, defeated opponents on three fronts, and did it all in less than a week! At the time, the IDF was not the feared fighting machine it is today. Even within Israel, preparations were being made for mass burials, and there was a real fear of national catastrophe.
At the talk I highlighted a promise made by God in Jeremiah 31. Basically God states that as long as the sun, moon and stars exist, so Israel will always be a nation. God has great purposes for this nation. That is not to say everything the Israeli state does is always right, but God is preserving this nation for His future plans.
Israelis need salvation just as much as non-Israelis. It was to a noted Jewish teacher that the Lord Jesus said, "You must be born again". Jewish citizenship will never save one Israeli - faith in Jesus Christ, the Saviour of both Jew and non-Jew is essential.
The talk finished with a brief look into the future. The Six-Day War has set the stage for God's prophetic promises to be fulfilled. The War did not lead to peace - as is evident today. In one sense it has been a Pyrrhic victory for Israel, with the very success of the campaign producing a legacy of bitterness and hatred that will never diminish. The Bible predicts that Israel will be increasingly desperate to achieve peace with her hostile neighbours, leading to the acceptance of a false messiah who will bring the nation to the brink of extinction. When all hope seems lost, the one-rejected Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, will come again. The Bible states: "They will look on Him, whom they pierced"
(John 19:37). A repentant and restored Israel will eventually head up God's plans to bless the entire world.
THINKING SCRIPTUREPosted 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'
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.
UPCOMING EVENTSPosted 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.
UPCOMING EVENTSPosted 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.
THINKING SCRIPTUREPosted 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!
RECENT EVENTSPosted 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.
UPCOMING EVENTSPosted 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.