God blessed our family with a holiday in Wales this past week. It was great to be refreshed and to see God's amazing creation. The Lord provided a large portion of the cost of this trip through the kindness of some friends of ours. So - it was a gift from God which we really enjoyed and thank the Lord for His provision.
God gave us a good morning. I re-preached a message God put on my heart many years ago. I preached on Ezekiels vision of the Valley of Dry Bone in Ezekiel 37. We need to look around, look up and preach as Ezekiel did. I can't imagine a deader autience or a more life giving message! Please pray for life for the dead here in Scotland.
As far as ministry goes, we are into a normal schedule. We have a youth activity on Friday as we always do on the 4th Friday of the month. Please pray for God to do a good work in the heart of our teens. Please pray as well for my ministry next Sunday afternoon at Almond Valley Baptist Church. The Dillmans will be back in the States to meet their new grandbaby. I know they'd appreciate your prayers for their travels as well.
God gave us a good morning. We have a lot of children in our ministry. Please pray for grace for them to be good without parental supervision. They were a bit squirrely today. We're glad they are there but want them to be there in obedience.
My message this morning from Ephesians 5:1-21 was Walk as Children of Light.
I just realized that I had not updated the page this week. It was mostly a study week as our family is getting a brief holiday this next week. Pastor Dillman and I did get out over in his area to put out Gospel flyers. We didn't have any notable conversations but enjoyed the fellowship of working together. We also joined his church for a prayer breakfast yesterday morning which was enjoyed by those who attended. Thank you for your prayers for Free Baptist Church and our family. They are much appreciated!
God gave us a a wonderful wedding yesterday. Thank you for praying for Jamie and Rebekah's wedding. God blessed in every detail. Praise His Name. (I'll put a couple photo's below.)
The Lord gave us a good morning as well. It was good to have some former church attendees with us for a visit as they were up visiting from England.
I preached this morning on Ezekiel 14, That They May Be My People. Separation is not juat a NT teaching as the OT is full of good passages like this one. God didn't want part of His people's heart. He wanted all of their heart.
Tonight we are going to have a special communion service. We are going to obsere the Lord's table with pictures from Israel, Scripture reading and hymn singing. We do this occassionaly and it is a good focus upon the death of our Lord.
We very much appreciate your prayers. Thank you for your part in this very special weekend of ministry.
Below: My bride and the bride, Rebekah, who was a wonderful part of our church. We'll miss her at our services. However, we are so very thankful that God has given her a Godly husband.
Mr. Woods (Tommy) and myself enjoyed some outreach this morning. We didn't put out a lot of flyers. However, the Lord gave me a wonderful opportunity to speak with a friend of mine in the community. I've prayed for him. He could have died last year in an accident but God preserved his life. We spoke for 25 minutes and God is working in His life. He is open and I believe searching for truth. Please pray that God will bring Him to salvation.
In other news, we booked flights today for our oldest two children to go to Spain in December for a teen retreat for missionary kids. God worked out the details and our kids are excited about attending. We'd appreciate your prayers for them that God would really use this in their lives.
It is a blessing to give God the first part of the week and to get to spend time with each other in the House of God. God gave us a very good morning. Our attendace was good today and God blessed our services. I preached a message this morning from Jeremiah 38 on "The Terms o f Surrender." God is at the table for anyone who wants conditions of peace with him. King Zedekiah could have chosen life, but he chose death. The prophet pleaded with him to accept God's terms but he would not. Thank you for your prayers.
We appreciate your prayers for our evening service as well. We've just begun a study of Proverbs. Tonight we be our second lesson as we seek to go through the Book.
We have a big event this Saturday and would appreciate your prayers for Jamie and Rebekah's wedding. We will be having the ceremony in a community located on the Firth of Forth in Fife. (smiling) I hope you were reading outloud when you got to that part.
God has blessed in the preparations thus far and I know Jamie and Rebekah would appreciate your prayers for their wedding and marriage. It's a joy to see a young couple get married who are both following the Lord.
Yesterday I was able to put out Gospel flyers in Loanhead. I enjoyed speaking with the brother of a man who attends our church. I have often prayed for this man and it was a good opportunity to challenge his atheism. The Lord gave 4 other good platforms to share the Gospel or to speak about faith in God.
Today, Don Dillman and I went out again in Loanhead. It is a very blustery day but warm (for here.) We didn't have any great conversations but we were able to put out a good bit of literature. Thanks for your prayers for our Gospel outreach.
I spent the morning at the New College LIbrary in Edinburgh and handed out some Gospel flyers to and from there. It was a tough day - it seems, as I didn't have any really open conversations. I attempted to witness to a man from Sweden who was sitting beside a statue of David Livingstone. The piper behind him near the road was playing, "Amazing Grace" on his bagpipes and a Baptist preacher was seeking to speak to him about Jesus (me.) Please pray that God awakens his heart.
The best opportunity was with two soldiers. As I spoke to them, I do believe that there was a genuine interest and a false bravado. The one asked me about a friend of his who changed overnight. To me, it seems that the man genuinely converted to Christ and I told this man so. That conversion obviously impressed this man who asked me why I thought this other soldier had changed. It was a great question for telling him how God can and has changed men's lives. Please pray for their hearts to be awakened as well.
God's good to give opportunitites to witness. Please pray for God to continue to give open doors (divine appointments) for the Gospel! (Below is a series of pics taken by Raj's mum of his baptism.)
We had a wonderful time together in the house of God this morning. God gave us a very special Sunday. We baptized a boy who trusted Jesus as His Saviour at the end of our HBC in Loanhead. He and his mom have become a faithful part of our church. It was a special blessing to have his father in church today. Praise God! A family from another church visited to be a blessing to this young man and his mother as well.
We also baptized a young man in his 20's who accepted Jesus as His Saviour in the past 6 months. He has been looking for a church and God brought him to our church this past Sunday. Praise God he wanted to follow the Lord in believer's baptism. Please pray for God's continued blessing in His life. It's too hard to tell in total - but God brought him back into contact last Sunday with a young man who was a classmate. They have both gotten saved and this other young man was just baptized a few months ago. He has just moved back up to Edinburgh from London and is looking for a church. It was a joy to have him in church this morning to be there for his friend at his baptism. (Isn't that cool?)
It was an incredibly gorgeous day which is a special blessing as we baptize outdoors. God is so very good!
God put on my heart, Acts 8:26-40 for the message today as I preached a message on "Be A Good Evangelist." It is wonderful to see the Spirit of God orchestrating Gospel appointments in the book of Acts. This passage is the story of the Ethiopean Eunuch.
We are into a period of very unsettled weather with low pressure systems hammering the UK. Today we are under an amber weather warning with gusts of up to 80 MPH expected. The wind is howling right now! Yesterday the remnants of Hurricane Helene passed through. Yesterday is also the day that Don Dillman and I met Rick Demastus and Don Clough up in Aberdeen. Rick is starting a church there next month.
Don and I left early and drove in rain the whole way there. We were stuck in traffic for over half an hour two miles away from our meeting place. We got out of our vehicles in rain at the meeting place and as we were talking the rain stopped and didn't start again until we left later that afternoon. Praise the Lord for the very good weather he gave us yesterday! We had a good opportunity to help the Demastus family get some flyer's distributed and some doors knocked. We had several divine appointments.
Thank you for praying for these outreach opportunities.
Thank you for praying for wisdom about sorting the problem we've had with our recordings. I believe that the Lord helped me to do that this morning. It was a pretty simple solution of downloading a new app. Lord willing, the quality of our sermon audio will now be good as it should be recording directly through the mic to my phone.
In just a few minutes we are leaving to go visit the venue for the wedding. Please pray that God will give us wisdom how to make best use of that facility. Thank you for your prayers!