Benson and I just got back from painting with Mr. Alec. We are going to take a break from painting until after the summer. So, Benson and I finished up our paintings today. The kids have normally done landscapes but Benson did shapes this time. He has been wanting to do this for a while. As you can see below our paintings are quite different. My painting is from a historic Alabama site which we visited on deputation. I'll put a close up of mine but I think you can see Benson's well enough from a distance.
Yesterday I put out a few hundred flyers. Please continue to pray for God to use these. Last night Michael came over for Tea *supper. Kirk and Carrie were visiting with us last night as well. (They are currently on a plane bound for the good old USA. They will be there for a couple weeks for weddings.) We had a good time of fellowship. Michael just texted me a verse by memory. Please continue to pray for him.
Timothy joined us today for lunch. It was good to catch up with him. Please pray that his schedule will "allow" him to get to church. We've missed him recently.
We had good attendance tonight. The Hikin family, Michael and Constance were present. We studied God's Chastening and Man's Contentment. Afterwards we had the Lord's Supper. We are praising the Lord for a good day.
We are a little chilled today. Our boiler went down last night and the repairman is coming later this afternoon (we hope.) As you can see by the weather on the home page, it is a little chilly this weekend. So, the kids came down all bundled up this morning. Logan and Parker slept with their robes on. Logan gets the style award this morning for his crazy glasses.
The church services went well. Mark brought five of his children this morning. Michael was also there for Sunday School. He got to church at about 9:30 which gave us time to go through his second discipleship lesson, baptism. He is showing great understanding and doing a super job on his book. Alec joined us for the morning service. I preached on Zechariah 3:1-5, "From Rags to Riches." Thanks for praying for our church.
Thanks for your prayers this week as we went on holiday (vacation.) We had a great time. God gave us better health and better weather every day. We began in a misty, foggy, cold Monday and had great days Tuesday - Friday.
The Lord gave several good witnessing opportunities this week. I witnessed to a lady named, Dot, at the place where we stayed. She doesn't believe in God but she was thinking as I chatted with her. Please pray that she will open her heart to the Lord. Another good witnessing opportunity was Ryan. He is 21 and just has not thought about God. You hear that here and I believe those who tell me that. Why should they think about God when they are taught that evolution is fact? He was very interested in the conversation and I hope he will look at our church website. He definitely was thinking about things that he had not thought about before.
God is good. He gave us just what we needed this past week. If you would like to see some pictures from our holiday please view the "Photogallery" page. Thanks for your prayers.
Thank you for praying for strength for us for today. The Lord gave us the strength that we needed this morning and we had a good morning. Michael, Adelle, and the Hikins were present for Sunday School and church. I asked for short testimonies about when you got saved this morning and Michael shared his testimony from Thursday night. That was a blessing.
The unfortunate coincidence took place during the morning service. I was preaching on, "The Blood" from the first passover and the last supper, when Nelson hit Parker with a tool in the nursery. Katie had to get our resident Doctor, Dr. Pilkington (Adelle) to help stop the flow of blood. Thankfully Parker is ok and will not need stitches.
Please continue to pray from our recovery from another virus. Lord willing, this week will be a good week of rest as we go on Holiday (vacation) Monday - Friday. We may not update our page this week - but know that we appreciate your prayers. Thanks for keeping up with our ministry.
Kay Lee is in the system now to get an appointment with a GI doctor. So, praise the Lord, we are moving forward with that. Meanwhile, she has felt very well since Thursday night.
Please continue to pray for our health and for strength for tomorrow. We appreciate it very much! Thanks for your prayers.
Michael prayed this evening to be saved. He showed good understanding of the Gospel and wanted to pray to accept Jesus as His Savior. Please pray for this young man. He is starting lesson two in his discipleship book.
Tonight we looked at Psalm 23. Although a very familiar Psalm the Lord encouraged my heart as I shared it and I believe He encouraged the other's hearts as well. We had the Hikin family, Michael and Skye with us this evening.
We'd appreciate more prayer for our health. Kay Lee has had stomache issues ever since we got sick the beginning of last month. She has an appointment tomorrow. Please pray that the Dr. investigates in the right direction. Other's of us are having stomache issues this week as well. We have booked a self catering cottage next week for a holiday. We'd like to be well so that we can enjoy a holiday away. Would you please pray for God's healing hand? Thanks for taking these needs to the Lord and thank you for praying for our ministry.
It is a very Scottish day outside today. Thankfully it is not windy. I walked to the bank this morning. On my way there I met John A. who I have witnessed to on a couple of occasions. You may remember John. He is attending a community college and moved here from way up North. The first time I met him he told me that he reads, "Our daily bread."
This morning I asked him if he had been reading his Bible and he said that he had. I then asked him if he was understanding about salvation. When asked how to tell someone about salvation he said, "You need to believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again." I spoke to him about salvation being a point in time where we are born again by asking to receive salvation. I told him about Ephesians 6 and the helmet of salvation which we need to have on in order to confidently tell others about salvation. Because of our previous conversations, he has been reading the Gospel of John. Please pray for the miracle of salvation to take place in his life.
As I continued on my walk, I was praying out loud (thanking the Lord for seeing John again) when I noticed that a woman had just stepped out of her parked car beside me. I turned and said, "Just so you know, I'm not talking to myself, I'm pr....(she cut me off. "It's ok I do it myself.") :)
As of yesterday I have completed putting out my newest flyer in Loanhead. Thanks for praying.
Well, I feel like I went to church without my right hand, but the Lord gave us a good day. (Nelson's fever was 103 this morning, so Katie needed to stay with him.) The kids did a good job helping set up. We watched a film for Sunday School, Incredible Creatures III. It was good.
Michael was back with us. He did a diligent job on his first discipleship lesson. We are using Dr. Ed Nelson's, Growing in Grace. He said that he would be back tonight. Please pray for Michael as he learns God's Word.
Josh was a first time visitor. We had planned for him to join us for lunch. Because of the illness, I went out to eat with him and enjoyed our time of fellowship. Please pray for God's perfect plan for he and his family. His family will join him up here in a few months.
Adele and the Hikins were also present for Sunday School. Timothy and Alec joined us for the morning service.
I preached on the Man of Faith from Luke 7:1-10. There was a great spirit in the service and the Lord worked in our hearts.
Tonight we are looking at what the Bible says about our, "God of Comfort." Thanks for praying.
Thank you for praying for our outreach this morning in Dundee. Although there was a big threat of rain, we were able to get out for a couple of hours. We had one interesting conversation with a lady who is a believer. It was a good opportunity to let her know about the new church plant. We also really enjoyed our time with Kirk and Carrie.
Please pray for our services tomorrow. Nelson woke up with a fever last night and it has continued today. It is difficult for us to have illness on Sundays because Katie and I really need to be at church. The Lord knows what is best. But we'd appreciate if you would please pray for him to be better in the morning if that would please the Lord.
We are anticipating a couple visitors tomorrow. Michael told us that he would be there. And another man, Josh, will also be visiting with us. Josh just recently moved to Edinburgh. We're looking forward to meeting him. Thanks for your prayers.