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Doubting Sunday

Thought for the week April 19 Central Fife Times

This coming Sunday is the anniversary of the day when Thomas, one of the 12 disciples of the Lord Jesus, famously stated, “I WILL NOT BELIEVE”, when told that Christ was alive. This is why he is often called ‘doubting Thomas’. Thomas in some way embodies all who have problems, doubts and fears and queries about evidence for resurrection. We live in an age of deep skepticism where people are being bombarded with fake news. There is a need for evidence. Thomas could have believed the bible prophesies that the Christ must rise again from the dead –they always had been shown to be right. The predictions, for example, of the birth of Christ at Bethlehem, the betrayal by his friend, His death by crucifixion, gambling for His clothes, had all come true. Thomas could have believed the reliable testimony of his own friends and fellow disciples. They also had been deeply skeptical themselves when first told that Jesus had been raised again but after seeing Him alive their lives were utterly transformed from sorrow and doubt, to joy and happiness. His beleaguered fisherman friends could hardly have fought the Roman guard of 16 soldiers, broken the seal of Rome, rolled back the stone and stolen the body! When Thomas saw the risen Christ on this Sunday almost 2000 years ago he no longer needed to put his finger into the print of the nails in His hands. Instead he fell down believing and shouted: “My Lord and My God”. Every Christian can look back to a point where they did the same and came to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, finding doubt turned to assurance; sorrow turns to joy; anxiety to hope.

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Special Meetings in Dunfermline

Over the course of this week around 36,000 leaflets will be distributed around the wider Dunfermline area including Rosyth, Dalgety Bay, Inverkeithing, North Queensferry, High Valleyfield and other areas within the postcode area.

These leaflets are being issued in association with the Christians who meet at the Gospel Hall, Hospital Hill, Dunfermline who are planning to hold a special series of Gospel meetings starting Sunday 23 April and thereafter each night Sunday to Thursday until 7th May. On Sunday nights the meetings will start at 8.00pm and through the week at 7.30pm. All meetings will last for 45 minutes and the subject being dealt with is “Is There a God?”

There will also be a special Drive-In service held in the Halbeath Park and Ride car park on Sunday 14 May at 8.00pm.

Please join us if you can!

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Easter Sunday

Thought for the week April 12 Central Fife Times

This coming Easter Sunday marks the anniversary of the day when the Son of God rose from the dead. The Lord Jesus predicted He would be crucified and rise again on the third day. Ancient bible prophesies foretold He would be stripped, sold for silver, whipped, His hands and feet pierced, and He would die for the sins of the human race. They also foretold that He would defeat death in rising again. The disciples simply did not believe this. They thought their world had come to an end when Christ died. The angels at His empty burial tomb said, “why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here for He is risen”. The testimony of those who heard the angels speak was not believed. But as the Lord Jesus revealed Himself alive to Mary and Peter, ate with disciples, walked with a couple on the road, and spoke to 500 at one time, suddenly their whole world was utterly changed, and as they believed their lives were transformed. A few fishermen were empowered to preach the gospel and Jerusalem was turned inside out. People who had seen a risen Christ were willing to do anything for Him. Caesar burnt them to death in Rome and all they had to say was ‘Caesar is Lord’ to escape, but they said instead, ‘Christos Kurios’ (Christ is Lord). Christianity spread rapidly throughout the world and many millions have heard and believed – thankfully, it came to the shores of Scotland. Christianity, uniquely, is not slavishly following a dead hero but a living personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ who died for our sins and now lives eternally. Easter Sunday gives hope and eternal life to all who will believe in Him: for He is risen. Happy Easter!

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Palm Sunday

Article as published in the Central Fife Times on 5 April 2017

This coming Sunday is special. On Palm Sunday, the Lord Jesus rode into Jerusalem for the last time. As He rode upon a donkey the crowd shouted “Hosannah” (Save now!) and children tore down branches of palm trees and threw them before Him to provide a pavement for their King, the Messiah. A few days later when the religious leaders felt their power threatened, they manipulated the same crowd to shout “Crucify Him”. After a mock trial where even Pilate the Roman Governor said he ‘could find no fault in Him’, they took Him outside the city of Jerusalem and nailed the Son of God to a cross. On the cross, as they gambled for His clothes and abused the Saviour, He prayed loudly and with compassion, “Father forgive them”. These incredible events would remind us of human fickleness and how affected we are by popularity, and not truth or evidence. It also reinforces the dire consequences of religious hatred, so prevalent today. More fundamentally, however, it would show how Jesus Christ came into the world to bring love and forgiveness to those that had broken His commandments and rejected Him. On the cross He took upon Himself the sins of the whole human race, and His death and resurrection is God’s great plan of salvation for everyone. It was foretold in the Bible 1000 years before Palm Sunday happened. That was why His name was called Jesus – ‘for He shall save his people from their sins’. Out of the darkness of those days comes the light of the divine plan to us today, giving joy, hope, and forgiveness to all who are willing to repent of sin and trust Him as Saviour and Lord.

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Polishing Up Your CV

There used to be a fairly common line from stand-up comics in sending up the stupid questions asked at job interviews. You will know the sort of thing, “if you were a Lego character, which would you be?” Personally, I’ve never experienced that sort of question, I suspect that they were only ever the preserve of some of the more arty corporates – ad agencies, media companies and the like. 

One long standing reliable that I have been asked though is “what would you say is your greatest achievement?” It can be very revealing what someone prioritises as their ‘greatest’ achievement, although I suspect the answers given are often somewhat less than honest. I mean, even if you can play the guitar using only your teeth while spinning on your head, are you really going to tell that to the head of HR at a future employer?

In an achievement driven world where most of the top rated shows on TV are ‘talent’ shows of one kind or another, what we have achieved in life really does seem to matter to people. It has never really been any different. I’ve been reading Mary Beard’s book SPQR on the history of the Roman Empire and it is laughable to read of the lengths a mature Roman general would go to in order to be granted a ‘triumph’ through the streets of Rome.

At around about the same sort of period in history one of the most famous men in history was languishing in a prison cell in Rome and reviewed his CV. He had been born into one of the most religiously observant Jewish families, he could trace his family history back thousands of years, he had been educated by the foremost religious scholar of the time at Jerusalem, the heart of the Jewish world and he had joined the most diligently observant Jewish sect, the Pharisees. So much so that he could claim that no-one could have faulted him in any respect on his pursuit of Jewish law, and there was a lot of it! For a Jewish scholar and religious zealot his CV was perfect. So why did he then say, “but those things that were considered assets to me I have regarded them as losses”? Indeed, he goes on to say, “I consider them as rubbish to be thrown out.” Why such a change? He used to value them very highly indeed. The prisoner in question was Saul of Tarsus, better known to the religious world as Saint Paul, the author of much of the New Testament. He tells us exactly what changed, he got to know Christ. Or as he puts it, he exchanged it for “the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.”

Sometimes we too can put great faith in our upbringing – “I was christened as a child”; we can rely on our education and intellect – “I place my reliance on scientific fact”; we can trust that our good works will give us a favourable hearing at the pearly gates. The reality of all of these things, however, is that they bring us not one step closer to God. The Bible says that “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” in the sight of God. No, the only thing that has any value before Him is to get a proper appreciation of His Son and of what He has done for us. “Whoever believes on the Son has everlasting life, whoever does not believe, the wrath of God remains upon him.”

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Gospel Meetings in Linwood

A special series of gospel meetings is underway at Linwood Gospel Hall. Each night 8.00pm to 8.45pm Sunday to Thursday from Sunday 18th September for two weeks, Craig Munro will be preaching the gospel. For more details please have a look on the Linwood Gospel Hall Website.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

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What’s On The Inside?

It’s funny how the most commonplace things can trigger off deeper thoughts about more important matters.

For example, in a supermarket recently I noticed the slogan on the side of one of the shopping bags they were offering for sale: “It’s what’s inside that counts”.

This is almost a quotation from the Bible! It led me to think about God’s statement to the prophet Samuel:

“The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1st Samuel 16:7)

There is great emphasis put on ‘appearance’ but we need to have our thoughts and views adjusted to those of God. After all, when the Saviour was here and was seen, “they saw no beauty in Him that they should desire Him” but God’s estimation of Christ is seen in that He has been seated at His right hand in Heaven. What do I think of Christ?

Another thought that was triggered was that of 2nd Corinthians 4:18;

“The things which are seen are temporal (passing away), but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

What about eternity? There is so much emphasis on things that will quickly pass away but very little on that which is eternal. Is Christ dwelling in your heart by faith? After all “It’s what’s inside that counts”.

“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life” John 3:36

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Finding Your Way

Christian friends from Dumfries and Galloway have shared some thoughts with us:

Seeking Direction

People are always on the move, always going somewhere, with a destination in mind. We have many devices to help us, a compass, maps, road signs and sat-nav. If the journey is short or well-known we won’t need assistance but throw in a road closure or bad weather and the journey we think we had all sorted, suddenly causes many of us to have a bit of fear, the fear of the unknown.

Ignoring The Signs

Recently our neighbours were having some renovations done to their home and because their postcode is the same as ours we had an assortment of delivery vans, lorries and official looking people driving up our farm lane believing they had arrived at their desired destination. One individual who arrived into our Dumfriesshire farmyard around 7am said he had left Dundee at 4am in order to get where he wanted to be. If only he and the other drivers would have read the sign at the lane end. It was there in broad daylight for them to see, yet they continued.

Life’s Journey

Our most important journey is life’s journey because the choices we make during it will determine where we exist after it ends. We had no input into where or when our life started, yet we have been given a ‘free will’ to make choices, for which we are all held ultimately accountable. The first few chapters of the Bible are an illustration of this. God placed Adam in Eden, where there was only life and growth all around him, everything in the garden was for his good and it was pleasant to him. The direct communication that Adam had with his Creator, God was to aid Adam, to give him direction along life’s journey, including telling Adam things he should not do, because of their consequences. Adam’s life became so different when he decided to disobey God’s direction. Adam then experienced fear, shame, sorrow, toil, sweat and eventually death. Sin had entered Eden through disobedience and therefore Adam knew separation from his Creator as he was driven out of that garden.

God’s Way

Today, we need help not only to navigate through this life but to prepare for the end of it, being careful that what we are depending on is going to take us to where we want to go when time is over. We only have one shot at it so it’s important that we follow the right advice and direction. God has given us the Bible to tell us how we can come to know him. The Bible tells us that God sent his own Son, from heaven to be the Saviour of the world. Jesus Christ has suffered, bled and died in order that God can offer us forgiveness of sins, if we approach him with repentance and trust in His beloved Son to be our Lord and Saviour. Only by trusting in Him will you know peace with God and heaven as your home when life is over.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3 v 16)

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Mailing in Dumfries Area

Another 11,300 homes in the Dumfries area will be receiving one of our leaflets later this month. If you have received a leaflet and want to know a bit more about us please feel free to get in touch using the return slip on the leaflet or via the Contact section of this website.

This distribution is being done in association with Christians who live in the region. If you would like to know where you can hear the gospel message explained in more detail just let us know and we will happily give you details.

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