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Flyers and church works...

15/04/2024 16:48

I was able to get out this morning and put out some literature. The weather forecast was for storms, but they missed us. I put out a couple hundred leaflets with invitations to our church on one side and the Gospel on the other.

In our church project, last week and this week we have been working on finishing the sound room. Today we were able to get the first coat of paint on it. My family all pitched in and we also; painted the shower room, plastered where the water damage happened in the handicapped toilet, mowed the grass, cleaned up the commercial kitchen....

Meanwhile, on the USA home front, my father is not doing well. He's falling daily or several times a day. Please pray for grace for Him and for my mom. It's hard to know what to do when it would be impossible for him to be monitored 24/7.

THANK YOU for your prayers. They are much appreciated!

Sunday

14/04/2024 13:06

It was good to be back in church at Southside this morning. We had the encouragement of a young girl who attends on Wednesday nights, coming for her first time to Sunday School and the AM service. That was a special blessing. It was a lovely morning outside after weeks of rainy weather. There will be some small showers today, but it was nice to see the sunshine.

I preached a message this morning which I shared at men's camp. It had to do with our theme for the year, "Thou Art Worthy." The message was, "Worthy of First Place." Tonight we will observe the Lord's table, have a Bible study on Mark and share some testimonies from men's camp. Thank you for praying for God's work in our church ministry.

street preaching

10/04/2024 12:09

We have had a LOT of rainy weather over the last several weeks. Anyone that's here would give their agreement to that. So, when it wasn't raining this morning and it was calm, I decided to go into Edinburgh. My weather app called for rain, but I thought I'd get some preaching in before it came. I think it started raining just a minute or two into my opportunity and so I preached half an hour in the rain. I had a jacket with me and put that on my speaker. Please pray for the power of God's Word to open the hearts of those who passed by. 

Meanwhile, in the rain we can still work on the property. William, a man in our church, helped me yesterday to mud and tape the sound room. We need to get it sorted so that our sound equipment will have a home. The sound room is the old back bar of the dance hall. God had it all ready for our purposes and we thank Him for His good provision.

We had good attendance at our church on Sunday even though I and the boys were absent. God even sent a visitor who is planning to come again. We also had return visitors. So, praise the Lord! Thank you for praying for our attendance. 

 

Men's camp and spring storm...

08/04/2024 11:49

My boys and I are just back from men's camp. We were supposed to arrive on Saturday evening, but our flight was cancelled due to a storm. We were at a friend's home when it canceled (Declan and Bethany Flanagan) and they kindly had us stay with them for two nights. That stay was a lot of fun for all of us. The Les Hill family spent the afternoon with us yesterday and we had great fellowship. I was also able to preach at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Sword's (Declan's ministry) and be blessed to meet his church family.

Camp was awesome.... it always is. Those of us who are ministers wish all of our church family could benefit from the focused preaching, good singing, great fellowship, etc.... God's blessed us with very close ministry friends in Scotland, Ireland and Europe. We are striving together for the faith of the Gospel. Pastor Craig Ledbetter runs the camp with his church family. They do a great job! 

For those who were praying for the preaching - thank you! God gave great liberty to all of us as we shared His Word.

piano has arrived!

03/04/2024 11:08

Well, it's a bit like Christmas this week with things progressing very quickly. We got a very good price on a digital mini grand piano and we were able to take delivery today. The company stored it for 2 months while we worked to finish the sanctuary. God's good and we are thankful for His provision and guidance.

before and after video

02/04/2024 20:05

The carpeting is finished and it is beautiful - Praise  the Lord. Here is a link to a 4 minute before an after video on google drive.

A picture is worth a thousand words....

01/04/2024 16:58

...So, below are 7,000 words and a big praise the Lord! The carpeting should be completed tomorrow.

 

Yes, we are still alive....

31/03/2024 13:51

I don't normally go this long between posts, but it's a sign of the times. We have been super busy and have been leaving the church at around 8:00 PM most nights for the past few weeks. Thankfully, we hit a milestone in building works on Friday as everything was finished in the creche and sanctuary so that the carpet can be installed tomorrow and Tuesday. The piano (baby digital grand) is expected to be delivered on Wednesday. We got a wonderful purchase price on the piano and the carpet is also paid for - praise the Lord.

We're tired, but God has been very good. I wasn to give a shout out to my family for their hard work. The boys have done well keeping motivated on work that isn't always fun, but was necessary. (My wife has done much work as well.) Some in our church also helped this past week which was an added blessing.

God gave us a great time with the mission team from Nolensville Road Baptist Church. They were only with us about 6 days, but God blessed their efforts to push our building work forward. They also helped in evangelism, testimonies, music and preaching. They were special days.

Today we enjoyed our Resurrection Sunday. We had 5 guests last week from our village. This week we had two guest from the United States,  Gary and Tami Neil. They were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to England and Scotland. It was a joy to have them visit our church. We also enjoyed a fellowship meal after the service. 

I preached from Luke 24, on Resurrection Reactions. It's interesting to consider the roller coaster of emotion/reactions surrounding the news that Jesus tomb was empty. Tonight we are going to look at some pictures from Israel, read the story of Christ's death and resurrection and sing the Resurrection Hymns.

special prayer request: some of us our attending men's camp in Ireland starting this Thursday. I get to preach one of the session. My slot is 8:30 PM Thursday night. Please pray for all of the preachers and for God to do a great work in the hearts of the men. Thanks for your prayers and interest in God's work at SFBC and for our family.

PS. In family news - Logan and Nelson's pipe band was in a competition on Saturday and Logan participated. If you'd like to see the video it is on our church facebook page - freebaptistlothian.

Street Preaching and Piping

18/03/2024 13:36

God has blessed us with two pipers in our family. Both are doing very well and progressing in that discipline. Logan recently bought his own set of pipes and his own outfit. Sometimes when I go street preaching, Logan, or Logan and Nelson, go down with me and do busking. People sometimes think our kids are not from Scotland. They are partly right and partly wrong. Nelson was born here and Logan was 4 when we arrived. It's great to see them doing something which is Scottish, which people enjoy seeing, and which is lucrative. Please pray for God's provision for all of the kids as they save for Bible college.

God gave tremendous liberty preaching on the street this morning. Here is a video link from our Sermon Audio Page. There was marked spiritual warfare. A man turned my speaker off. Another man put his hand on my shoulder while yelling at me. Another man yelled at me. But, I spoke with a woman from Hong Kong who is a believer. She is new to the area and we have a family from Hong Kong visiting our church. I received her mobile number and hope to connect them. Another young couple stood and listened for about 20 minutes. I witnessed to them for 20 minutes after I finished. I hope to see them out for church as God is definitely working in their lives. Please pray that we will see some fruit from this labour and for God's continued enablement to boldly share His Word on the street.

Nolansville Baptist church group (13 in total) are arriving tomorrow. Please pray for this to be a very blessed trip for them and for our church. We're excited about what God is going to do. Thanks for praying.

week in review

17/03/2024 13:33

This was a utility week to push forward on the building. I did get out in evangelism with Pastor Dillman on Wednesday over in his area. We didn't have any opportunities to speak with anyone, but we put out several hundred Gospel flyers.

Otherwise, the Lord allowed us to finish the back wall of the sanctuary. One of our prayer requests when seeking a property was that it would be, "Beautiful." God has answered that prayer on the outside and on the inside of the building. We're so thankful for God's leading, provision and grace.

We didn't have record attendance this morning, but God sent us a visitor. The husband of one of our members joined us for his first time. That was a joy to all of us and we hope that we'll see him come more regularly.

I preached this morning on the Gospel as I preached from 2 Cor. 4:1-11 on Jesus Seen In You. Please pray for us to make Jesus manifest in our mortal flesh as Paul did. It was a good reminder.

This week on Tuesday, Pastor Wesley Waddle and a team from Nolansville Baptist Church will be with us. Please pray for God to bless all of our labours whether church building works, evangelism, or church ministry. Next Sunday their team is going to share salvation testimonies in SS, Pastor Waddle is preaching the AM and anothe man in the group is preaching in the evening. We look forward to what God is going to do. Thanks for your prayers.

 

 

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