This week we pause from our studies in the Book of James and we continue our thoughts from Sunday as we explore our relationship with the Holy Spirit and Jehovah Tsidkenu.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Many of you have been in contact this week about Robert Murray M’Cheyne and his hymn Jehovah Tsidkenu. In the Blog on Monday I mentioned that M’Cheyne had travelled to Israel and on his return encouraged the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to set up a mission to the Jews. Terry was able to tell me that in 1840 M’Cheyne was invited to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church In Ireland to speak about his findings in Israel and Dorothy dropped in a copy of his sermon, “Our Duty To Israel” which he preached on his return. You can read this sermon here - https://tothejewsfirst.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Our-Duty-to-Israel.pdf
If you would like to find out more about Murray M’Cheyne there is a Website devoted to him.
Songs For Pentecost
This week some songs about the Holy Spirit for Pentecost.
- Let The Heavens Open - Kari Jobe
- Living Rain - Parachute Band
- Place Of Freedom - Highlands Worship
- Pour Over Me - Stuart Townend (From Songs Of Praise)
Let’s Pray For John McCandless (community outreach worker in Mountpottinger & McQuiston)
Give thanks for recent outreach opportunities, including ‘HUG IN A BOX’ doorstep deliveries, connecting with church community through activities via Zoom, and providing takeaway cooked lunches for over 40 people on a weekly basis.
Naas (Co Kildare)
Praise the Lord for keeping the congregation faithful to him and each other during the past year. Pray for the members as they look at living as believers in a world hostile to Christianity.
“Reading Between The Lines” a series working through the bible looking at the well known phrases.
The Wisdom Of Solomon
An extract from a talk by Dr. John Lennox from Sing! Global 2020
“Does your church sing any hymns that are honest about suffering, uncertainty, and despair?” A wise theologian once asked that question, and his words challenged hymn writers Matt Boswell and Matt Papa. They set out to write a song, like many of the great hymns of old, that would be realistic about the pain of life in this fallen world while expressing the confidence we still have in Christ. The result: “Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor.” After the challenges of the past year, this hymn seems even more timely. It reminds us that Christ will never change, never forsake us, no matter how fierce the winds and waves. His cross is our “ballast of assurance,” forever proving that nothing can separate us from his love (Romans 8:38). Even in the storms of life, we can sing—because our Anchor will not be removed.
Heroes Of Faith - John Newton
Few stories in Christian history are more dramatic than that of John Newton, whose life demonstrates the title of his most famous hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’. J.John brings us the story of John Newton in his Heroes OF Faith Series
Jesus and his disciples covered many miles as they followed the traditional rabbinic model where students would learn as they walked and talked with their master...
They’re overbearing, insensitive, and harsh.
It’s not because they are too Christian but because they are not Christian enough.
They are fanatically zealous,
but they are not fanatically humble, sensitive, empathetic, or forgiving—as Christ was.
- Tim Keller
Abandoned As An Orphan
Pentecost wasn’t just a watershed moment of empowerment; it was a form of consolation. Pentecost shows us we aren’t abandoned on earth as spiritual orphans. https://t.co/JEhGfb1z4D
The times for yesterday’s Jigsaw
Play the "Strand Thursday" puzzle!