We have enjoyed some beautiful weather this week as well as some good Gospel opportunities. On Wednesday Benson and I helped Pastor Dillman put out around 500 flyers in Livingstone. Last night we enjoyed taking our teens on a hiking youth activity. This morning we enjoyed door to door. Benson and I had two good opportunities to speak with people for about 15 minutes each. The first conversation was focused on the authority of the Word of God. The second was sharing how salvation is God's gift not earned by our works.
Today is the warmest day of the year so far and my thermometer says 72 degrees. Yep- for Scotland that is roasting. It is beautiful!
Thank you for praying for our family and ministry in Scotland.
By the way - Logan broke his thumb just over a week ago. He fell while chasing a frisbee. The follow up appointment on Wednesday showed that it was healing within the parameters that are acceptable without surgery. We'd appreciate your prayers that it would heal correctly.
Both the last two days have been lovely days! Praise God. The weather for Gala Day was great! A highlight of my day was when an organizer of the Gala came out of his way to say to me, "Ben, I just want you to know God has answered your prayers for weather. Not just for today but for this whole week!" Praise God = God answered OUR prayers and showed His authority over His creation in such a way that it was kindly acknowledged by others.
I appreciate our church people coming alongside and making the day yesterday an easy day. Everyone worked hard and God gave us a wonderful day. A highlight of yesterday was when a woman came to church today because of us reconnecting with her yesterday. Please pray that our church can be a blessing to this young mother.
I enjoyed preaching today a message on "Trust in Me" from Jeremiah 38-39. Please pray for the power of God in our church and in our community. We've seen His hand at work and praise Him for His goodness.
Summery weather has finally arrived and we've enjoyed getting out and about in it. We had 6 doing flyers today as Pastor Dillman joined with the group from yesterday. When you have this many people it goes much faster than doing it on your own. We probably put out 6-7 hundred flyers. Please pray that God will touch the hearts of those who received it. One man said, "Your wasting your time here, you'll never convert me." I told him, "God can." Please pray that God would awaken that man's heart.
God blessed us with a beautiful sunny morning to put flyers out in Edinburgh about 1.5 miles from our church location. Benson, Logan, Kay Lee and Amber helped me. We were able to do in an hour and a half what normally would take me about 4 hours. Please pray for God to work in the hearts of those who received the flyer.
God gave us a wonderful morning as we enjoyed the Lord's day and Father's day. The kids made some nice badges (buttons) for the fathers and gave them some chocolate to sweeten them up. I trust God is giving you a wonderful father's day as well!
I preached a message about two men this morning. The man with a house that will stand at the judgment and him whose house will crumble. "A Tale of Two Men" Matthew 7. The singing before my message is my family plus one. Amber safely arrived on Wednesday and is enjoying the beginning of the month which she will spend with our family.
Thank you for praying for our ministry today. Saturday is our children's fair. We're thankful that God gave us a rain free parade. We have been praying much about the Gala Day as well. Please pray that God will bless us with good weather as well as great opportunities to serve our community and present them with the Gospel.
The parade went really well. The weather was very good. We had a good group and enjoyed passing out literature and sweeties along the parade route. Thank you for your prayers! There is also a group photo on our church facebook page - free baptist church, Loanhead.
I miss the Tabernacle Team this morning as I upload the audio from their time with us. You'll hear online that they could sing. It was a blessing to have them minister in music at the football tournament. One of the highlights later that day was when we toured Craigmillar Castle. We went into one vaulted chamber and sang several hymns. We had an audience at different times who we hope were not just impacted by the harmony of the music but the message of what we were singing.
Here is the audio from the 2019 Football Tournament and the message I preached from John 1:1-12.
Also, we were blessed by the ministry of Pastor Baker. Here is the audio from His message on A Life that Ministers.
Now, we are excited to be welcoming Amber Lyndsey to our home today. This Friday is our parade. Please pray for the power of God as we hand out literature and invite people to participate in our church ministries. God's good! Thanks for your prayers!
The Lord gave us a great time with the mission team from Tabernacle Baptist in Virginia Beach. They left this afternoon to head down to Peterbourgh, England. We had several ministry opportunities with them. We handed out flyers on Princess St. in Edinburgh. We put flyers through mail slots in another section of Edinburgh. We handed out football invitations at the local highschools. We had the football tournament. Their choir sang several times at our church and at the Trust Service. Pastor Baker preached 3 times and was a great blessing. We enjoyed a church fellowship with them as well! It was a great time.
We also showed them God's awesome creation in Scotland and toured some local attractions. The football tournament went very well. It was a blessing to have two of our church men running the football tournament. We had 5 first time teenagers, 1 girl and 4 boys. They paid great attention in the preaching time and the boys told me that they found it interesting. Please pray that they will read the John and Romans that they received.
Thank you for praying for this past week of ministry. Now - Amber flies out today and arrives here tomorrow. Please pray that God will bless her travels and that she will have a wonderful month of ministry with us.
Our attendance was down a bit this morning due to illnesses and car problems. However, we had a wonderful morning with those who were able to be there. There is a very good spirit in our church just now and we are very thankful. It's fun when everyone stays after the service just to visit with one another.
I preached this morning a message entitled, "Come After Me" from Mark 8:26-38. Jesus said, "Whosoever will come after me...." Not everyone wants to follow Jesus to the places He calls them. He called them to suffering, surrender, sacrifice, salvation and shamelessness. Many within modern evangelicalism and sadly even within fundamentalism have turned aside from following Him. God help us to be those who follow Him to where He has called us.
Please pray for the Tabernacle Baptist Church mission team arriving here from Virginia Beach on Wednesday. Pastor and Mrs. Baker, a sponsor and 7 teen girls are coming on this senior/mission trip. The Baker's daughter, a missionary with BWM will also be coming up from England to be with us. Next week the team will head down to her location in Peterburgh. The main ministry of this team will be to participate with us in our football tournament this Saturday. Please pray for us to be able to get information into the hands of young people who will come. I'm going to preach a message on John 1:1-12 on Saturday and would appreciate your prayers for God to open hearts. We're excited about what God is doing and will do in the days ahead. Thank you for your prayers.
Katie and I had some wonderful chances to speak with people this morning as we did door to door. We left a John and Romans with one man. Another man shook my hand as we departed and said that he would reflect upon what we had shared. Another man had spoken with me before nearer to my home. It's a blessing to see God opening doors. Thank you for praying.