Psalm 3 Part 5
There Is Salvation Psalm 3 v 7,8
Every Friday Frances shares a song with us.
Last week, while enjoying the tranquil setting of the River Bann as it flowed towards the sea, we were aware of the presence of ‘those who go down to the sea in ships.’
Some boats were secured in their allotted moorings, others were being prepared by their owners for the next voyage, while the remainder sailed past in the sunlight.
Consequently, it was a surprise to see a boat drifting uncontrollably while one of its occupants shouted towards a passing craft, ‘Can you help us?’ A rope was thrown and the boat in question was towed safely to shore.
The following day there were reports in the media about a potential collision between the Larne-Stranraer Ferry and a Submarine. This was averted due to the diligence of the ship’s ‘look-out,’ the person who must, by sight, keep a constant watch for danger.
Last Saturday the Coastguard was called to Portstewart to assist three swimmers who were experiencing problems.
On each occasion there was a pleasing outcome, but the result could have been so different if there had been no-one available to give help, no-one to call upon.
So it is with life. What if we had no-one to approach, no-one to give help and leadership in the many problems and difficulties we encounter? But we do have help in our challenges as our Quote today, taken from Genesis 28:15, assures us, ‘I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.’
The lyrics of today’s Hymn ‘Will your anchor hold in the storms of life?’ suggest that personal stability can only come from the right foundation, the writer being inspired by the words of Hebrews 6:19; ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.’
Thank you to everyone who has logged on during Lockdown and become part f our little blog community, the blog sort of happened by accident but you have been very loyal and I appreciate the time that you have taken each day. Many of you have embraced the blog as part of your daily routine, with many of you having breakfast and then turning to the blog, others turn to it last thing at night and many have no set routine but check in at some stage during the day. You have listened to Beside The Burn as we have studied the bible together, you have also watched videos, listened to songs and podcasts and read articles.
I want to thank Wilma and Frances for their regular contributions each week, they have brought a personal touch that so many of you have appreciated. Also thank you to everyone who sent in poems or songs or anything else that was included in the Blog. I have to say I never thought my ministry would involve creating Jigsaws, but the Jigsaw has been the surprise of the Lockdown Blog.
There will be no regular blog for the next three weeks as I take a break, there might be an occasional post but not everyday and not with the same detail. This is not the end of the Blog but whenever we return to services in the church building and we come further out of lockdown, it will have to change slightly as there will not be as much time available to put it together. I’ll work out what that means for us but this has been a real pleasure, that even though we have been in lockdown and not able to get together, this little daily blog has somehow kept us together. Even when we do start meeting in the church building there will initially only be Sunday morning services, so hopefully Beside The Burn will continue as a means for us to study God’s word each week.
Thank you all for the community and fellowship that exists in Burnside as we seek to follow our Saviour as his disciples and I hope you enjoy the blog today, and enjoy the break and see you digitally in a few weeks time.
Let’s Pray for Those recovering from COVID- 19
Give thanks for those who are now recovering from contracting the COVID-19 virus and their stories of what God has done.
Pray for those who still feel weak and tired as they continue to recover, asking that God would continue to build their strength and energy levels
The Trinity (35 Minute Audio)
One God or three? The fact that one God is also three persons is a tricky concept to understand! In this episode of Life Issues, Paul Hammond explores the theology of the Trinity with John Tancock. Listen now on the UCB Player App: https://player.lightcast.com/ykTO5ITN
The song that rules your heart will set the agenda for your behavior and your relationships.” – Paul Tripp, Sing! 2017
What is the song of your heart? Whatever matters most to us, our deepest desires and longings -- these are the spiritual lines of melody and harmony that form the soundtrack of our hearts. In this sermon clip from Sing! 2017, Paul David Tripp calls us to “surrender your song to the greater song of the Redeemer.” We are made to sing, and we are saved to sing. God transforms the song of our hearts into one of praise for his glorious grace.
Join Andy Bannister and Gavin Matthews from Solas for this second series of webinars which began on 29th June 2020 where we explore how to share your faith in the face of tough questions. Our webinars are designed to encourage and equip Christians to share their faith with confidence and credibility. As we engage with some of the issues of the day from a Christian perspective, we also find that people of all-faiths and none join us to find out more. Everyone is welcome!
Watch J. I. Packer answer crucial questions about the Christian faith:
The virtual New Horizon online event begins on Sunday evening and runs all next week.
Another song shared by Betty.
Times for Thursday’s Jigsaw
Weekend Jigsaw - A little bit more difficult for the weekend.
Please remember that there will be no blogs next week so if you want to submit a time please do it in the comments below.
Play the "Sea" puzzle!
Yesterday the lorry was attempting to emerge from behind Buds Supermarket, with cars parked in several places at the rear, the lorry had very little room to manoeuvre. It took at least half an hour for the lorry to escape.