My normal Monday morning is reading at a library near our home. Today I decided to go to an Edinburgh library with the plan of doing some evangelism afterwards. However, when I got there the library was closed. So instead of reading, I handed out flyers for about half the morning and then shot some video for sharing at Camp Chetek this summer. Our family has the privilige of being the camp missionary for Junior Week II and Teen Week II.
Even though it was icy out this morning, I'm thankful for some decent weather. We had another named storm yesterday. That makes 3 out of the last 4 Sundays where we had named storms. The Met Office names a storm here if it meets certain bad criteria... high winds, rain, snow.... I saw that we may have just had our wettest February on record, but that remains to be calculated. So, praise the Lord, for a decent weather week.
Katie has her ladies' meeting tonight at our home. I know she would appreciate your prayers for God's blessing.
God has given us some encouragement lately. Keep praying for God's great grace for Free Baptist Church. We enjoyed sharing our furlough presentation with the church this morning. Everyone really enjoyed it. It's great to look back at what God has done.
Our family did special music this morning that we have prepared for furlough. We're not looking forward to leaving our church... but, we look forward to having the opportunity to minister as a family and share what God is doing here.
I preached this morning on being, "Outspoken For God" from Acts 4. It's the first part of a two part message God put on my heart about boldness. The early church was a bold church. God can help us to be the same. We live in a day where we need to be bold. God help us to speak up for His truth
I was able to get out today and put out Gospel flyers. The weather has been very fierce. It snowed all of yesterday morning. It was cold this morning, but right now the sun has come out.
God gave me a wonderful divine appointment with a lady who was saved about a year ago. She thanked me for the flyer and said that she was looking for a church. I will be suprised if we don't see her visit our church soon. Please pray for God to meet her need and direct her according to His perfect will. Her testimony was that she had everything and that she had nothing. She had a big void in her life before she came to the Lord. Praise God for His grace at work in her life.
I met another sweet Christian lady at a bus stop as I was walking past. God has encouraged me today and I'm thankful. God still has his "7,000." (Romans 11)
After named storms every weekend, it was a blessing to be between weather warnings for yesterday and tomorrow. We have sunshine and great weather for door to door this afternoon. We've done some evangelism training recently and are going to put it to use at 4:15 today. Your prayers are appreciated.
I enjoyed preaching this morning on Paul's Gospel Pep Talk in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Paul gave a great motivational Gospel race challenge and we enjoyed looking at it this morning. I also enjoyed singing a trio with my oldest boy, Benson and a college student, Blake. It is on the audio and video if you want to listen in. Praise God we had a mother and brother present this morning. They are not strangers and we were very thankful to have them join us. God's good. Keep praying!
God provided a two hour weather window this morning and I was able to put out between 2-3 hundred flyers. Just as I got back to the car a soaking rain set in. I saw it coming and knew it was going to be close. I didn't have any long conversation but two short opportunities to briefly speak to someone and personally hand them a flyer.
On my return home, I stopped at the home of a family who's daughter attends our church. Please pray for her father. He got an infection in both his legs that also can attack your organs. He's home from the hospital but can't go down the steps from their flat which is on the first floor (second floor in the US.) He's five weeks into this and needs God's grace to get back on his feet. He wants to attend church and was going to start to come more at the beginning of this year but then got ill. God knows. Your prayers are appreciated.
Tonight our children are looking forward to serving everyone at our John 3:16 banquet. They have been planning this special night for a few weeks. We're going to eat and fellowship together and I'm going to preach a message on God's love from John 3:16. Your prayers are appreciated for this special night.
This is the third Sunday in a row with high winds. We've got wind gusts warnings and we could hear the wind during the service. Thankfully our church signs held up. A water weighted sign for our church blew over last week.
I enjoyed preaching this morning on Micah's resolve in a spiritually difficult day. We can definitely identify Micah's day in our own day and we need to decide as he did What To Do When..... The message is from the last chapter of Micah, chapter 7.
God's blessed our church. As I put our furlough presentation together this past week, God reminded me of His great goodness. We're very thankful for each person and family He has brought to our assembly.
I'm very thankful for the Lord's help in getting a big project completed. Our 8 minute furlough presentation is now ready. This has been a good utility week for me as the weather has been adverse. It isn't over yet as we have weather warnings through this weekend. When they name a storm here it is a bad storm. (We have other bad storms that come through without a name.) We had a named storm this past Sunday and have another one, Dennis, this coming Sunday. Adverse weather is a normal part of life in Scotland, but it has been exceptionally bad lately. :)
Please pray for our Sunday PM John 3:16 banquet. The kids are excited about serving. Katie has just gone to the shop with Emily (9) from our church and a couple of our kids. They are working on getting some things ready. Thank you for praying for this special event.
Since the storm came through, storms have continued to come through. We've had frequent heavy snow showers and then sunshine. The wind speeds have come and gone. Today they are in the 40-50 MPH.
We enjoyed getting a little snow to stay on the ground last night. So, after tea (supper) last night we took the kids sledging (sledding) on the golf course accross the road from our home. There are some really good hills over there.
I'm laying low today as the snow and wind continue. God helped us yesterday to schedule two more meetings for furlough. I think I have contacted all of our supporting churches now by email or a phone call. We appreciate the many gracious churches who are having us in at our convenience. That flexibility has helped us immensely in scheduling.
Today the United Kingdom is taking a blow from a strong storm off of the Atlantic, Storm Ciara. We have possible gusts of 70 MPH or higher. We could hear the wind houling during the morning service and opening and closing the front door. (It doesn't not latch.) The high winds are going to be around for the next several days.
Thankfully, I don't think it impacted our attendance. Those who were missing were ill. One young man had to head back home as he was just unwell this morning. Please pray for the illnesses to go away.
The message this morning as from Titus 2:11-15 on taking a good look into the past (the cross) the present (ourselves) the future (Jesus) and eternity (God.) I'm thankful for our church and pray God will continue to bless and grow our assembly.
Today is our busy Sunday with the Trust service this afternoon.
God gave several divine appointments this morning as I spent a few hours doing evangelism. The weather has prevented me from doing street evangelism for a good while, but thankfully it was sunny and calmer this morning.
God gave me my first divine appointment soon after I got off of the bus. Gary is from a village about 40 miles away where there is a good Baptist church. I spoke with him for 5-10 minutes and left encouraging him to visit that church.
The next opportunity was probably my best. I spoke with a man who is in his early thirties. It was a great heart to heart conversation about the mercy of God, goodness of God and satisfaction of Christ. This young father knows that his life hasn't been good. I'm thankful that I can share with him (and others) that God loves him and that through Jesus death on Calvary it is possible for Him to get saved. I'd love to see he and his family visit our church. Matthew thanked me for the conversation.
After that, I met Blake, a grad student who attends our church, and we did evangelism together. We handed out a lot of flyers. Blake had a short divine appointment with a young lady. Then I witnessed to one girl (with another girl listening) who is into Wicca. I shared with her that my faith in based upon the truth of God's Word while her faith is based upon experience. She had been Catholic and used to believe in God. I showed her that the Bible can stand in judgment upon catholicism (or any religion) but that without truth there is no authority. Praise God we have truth.
Next, I approached some young men just sitting down outside a pub. The one was a strong atheist but the other was interested. As I witnessed to them, two other people eventually interrupted our conversation. However, God was working. Both the atheist and the other man shook my hand as I left them.
We were near a church where a revival took place in the early 1900's and so I showed Blake the property. In front of it were two people. One young lady was transgender. They both asked good questions and were engaged in the conversation which nearly made them late for acting class. The church is now a theatre. In all these conversations God's hand was evident. Only He can stop someone who is not interested in Him and make them think about His truth. Please pray for God's continued mercy for Scotland.