Tides has brought in the following quote from John Dickinson this morning,
The proof of the gospel is not displayed first and foremost today in the integrity of the facts, but in the life it has nurtured in you, the reader – you are the proof! How you behave as a believer right now will bring life to our battered world.
In Sunday’s sermon I will quote from Psalm 34:8
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
The truth and the facts about the resurrection are important and can be tested thoroughly, but initially we need to taste and see that the Lord is good. Others will see our lives transformed by the Gospel and then discover the facts. The resurrection of Jesus Christ has changed and influenced every little nook and cranny of our lives and that will be evident for others to see.
There are lots of “Five Things To Pray” books available and the latest one is Five Things To Pray In A Global Crisis”. I haven’t read this latest one yet but I cannot recommend the other books in the series highly enough. The books follow a very simple but effective format, each chapter is displayed on a double page spread and concerns a particular subject. A short passage of scripture is displayed along with five things to pray for prompted by the bible verses. Among the other books in the series there are, “Five Things To Pray For Your World”, “Five Things To Pray For Your Church”, “Five Things to Pray For Your Kids”. They are a great way to meditate on scripture as well as helping us to pray.
You can read the introduction and two sample chapters here
The rather long link below will take you to the Good Book Company website where you can purchase the paperback or digital download.
Here is the link to Amazon - It isn’t released on Amazon until Tuesday 21st April 2020
I always take the approach, that when you hear something similar from two different places, it is time to sit up and listen. And in gathering everything together for this Blog this morning, Psalm 23 has appeared twice so I’m including it for our meditation. The Sample chapter from the “Five Things ...” book leads us through Psalm 23 https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/common/productfiles/praycrisis-Look%20Inside.pdf
And the file also leads us through a meditation in Psalm 23 along with some beautiful Colouring sheets for adults and a children’s activity.
A couple of days ago I highlighted the Spring Harvest at Home conference online (Similar to New Horizon). As part of the conference there is now a seminar on “Being Human” presented by Portstewart local Peter Lynas & also Jo Frost.
Every morning at 10.30am during the Northern Ireland lockdown the residents of Castleton Park in Portstewart gather at their doorsteps to sing along to the Neighbours theme tune. It has been very difficult to include the video here, but the link below should take you to a tweet which I hope will allow you to watch the video.
Tweet from Stuart Robinson (@stuartrobinson1)
On Thursday I went on a real adventure and travelled all the way over to the outskirts of Portrush, I didn’t dare enter this foreign town. This is the furthest away from home I have been for 3 weeks. Instead of going for a walk I took my bike out for a ride. I can report that Portrush is still there and was looking magnificent in the sunshine. If you would like photos of Ballycastle, I think you will have to look elsewhere, Portrush was far enough on my bike.