Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Eve
5:30pm Christmas Caroling around Alva starting at the church
7:30pm Candle lightCarol Celebration followed by minced pies and warm drinks.

Christmas Day
11am Christmas Service

on The Green at Brook Street FK12 5JQ

Monday, 19 December 2011

We Are Family



Jesus highlights that God's mission is the basis for relationship



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Monday, 12 December 2011

Following God’s Plan, (Counterfeits and Revelation)

In Mark 3 
Jesus was following Our Father’s plan of revelation.
Unclean spirits: "You are the Son of God!"

God’s timing and plan did not include Satanic promotion 
even seemingly helpful things are subject to God’s perfect plan.

In Isaiah 7 (Virgin, not merely a 'maiden')
God reveals His plan for the miraculous sign of the virgin birth.

In Luke 1 (“…let it be to me according to your word." )
Gabriel’s revelation of the work of the Holy Spirit 
Mary’s response to the Angel 
is also Jesus’ response to our Father in Heaven’s plan … 
in the face of a counterfeit marketing scheme presented by “unclean spirits”

“…let it be to me according to your word."

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Scottish Government Consultation on Marriage

Though we may agree about the separation between church and state, let us not fail to participate in this democracy.  Please pray and consider what you will do to make your individual voice heard as a Christian who testifies to a Biblical Worldview. 

The Christian church cannot accommodate sinful behaviour masquerading as a civil rights issue. Racial and gender issues which are genetic, are not comparable to human sexuality which is a behaviour.  While a person may even be more inclined toward a particular orientation as a result of genetics, the choice to engage in particular sexual behaviour is just that: a choice.

As Christians, we must acknowledge individual choice and must also exercise love and mercy towards others who do not believe what we do. It may well be that a secular government which represents all people may find it necessary to accommodate people who do not follow Christ, and who engage in what a Christian will recognise as sin, to develop a social framework for bonding and support.  But this would not be marriage, this would be civil partnership.  This would be the alternative contrivance that the Christian recognises but does not endorse and in fact warns against.

We cannot acquiesce to be forced by legislation to behave in a way which is contrary to our conscience.  It is not the government's job to enforce cultural change under the guise of equality.  The commonly held faith of the Universal Christian Church can not be homogenized with the beliefs of an anti-Christ worldview.

Let your representatives know what you think by clicking here to go to the Christian.org linked page for contacting the government

or

Click here to go direct to the Government's online response form.
For advice on responding to the consultation e-mail cfs@care.org.uk 

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Elective Soul Surgery

"Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners."
~Mark's Biography of Jesus, Chapter 2, verse 17
Jesus has come for us.
God let's us respond to what God has been doing in our lives.
If I don't acknowledge it,
if I don't agree that I am sick and in need of healing,
then God let's me choose not to come to Jesus.
"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." ~written by the Apostle John in his First Letter, Chapter 1, verses 8-10
Come to Jesus.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Follow Me

This short episode is a fraction of the sermon preached that day. More was said but only those who followed closely as requested were able to hear the rest.

In the first Chapter of Mark's Gospel the disciples were following Jesus without explanation, based on their trust of the man Jesus. The Pastor asked the congregation to follow him in similar fashion.

Not everyone enjoyed this experience.  Not everyone followed.
The act of following did lead people, beside the preaching pastor, along the road to meet up with the Parish Church down the road in procession to the Alva War Memorial in Johnson Park for a Remembrance Service.

The pastor is just a man and his words have value only to the extent that they are useful in pointing the congregation toward God.  This is why we rely on the word of God revealed in scripture so confidently.

Following Christ, we don't have a flesh and blood person to walk beside, but we do have the sure record of His words and His example; and on this basis we do have fellowship with others in the community of believers that the Bible calls 'Body of Christ'.  There is a principle in scripture that we might describe as 'discerning the mind of Christ in community'. (observed in the Book of Acts 15:4-35) 

We come to know God; we become convicted of sin; we repent (turn away from sin) turning to God for forgiveness; and forgiven, we have fellowship with the Holy Spirit and with each other as redeemed believers.  In this faith we have communion.

Through the word and worship stay close to Jesus and know first-hand what He has said and is saying to His church.  Don't refuse to come when He says 'follow me'.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Remember Sunday Service Starts at 10:45am!

We will start early and finish early and participate in the Procession from the Parish Church and Remembrance Service at Johnson Park at 11:30am.

Who is Driving? Mark 1:1-15

We see the Trinity in action in this short slice of Scripture: The Gospel according to Mark Chapter 1, verses 1-15.

There is a short introduction to Mark as he tells "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God", according to Peter's eyewitness account that Mark witnessed Peter preach over the time he travelled with him.

Founded on an understanding of prophetic scripture, Mark tells how Jesus is baptised and driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness for and battles for 40 days with Satan and wild animals; helped by ministering angels.

Jesus declaration of intent is summed up in the quote "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." (Mar 1:15)


Impact World Tour stunt teams wow Strathearn audiences

http://www.strathearnherald.co.uk/strathearn-news/strathearn-news/2011/11/04/impact-world-tour-stunt-teams-wow-strathearn-audiences-64054-29709320/
The good news is so good!
Don't let a negative perspective get you down!

Sunday, 23 October 2011


Wednesday 7:30pm Clackmannan Town Hall with Island Breeze
Thursday 7:30pm Alva Academy with GX International
Friday 7:30pm Alloa Town Hall With Team Xtreme International
Saturday 7:30pm Alloa Town Hall with GX International
Sunday @6:30pm Devonvale Hall, Tillicoultry with Island Breeze

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Joseph's Rise to Power from Prison

Joseph gets on with it in prison. With God's favour and gifts faithfully exercised, Joseph lifts up the name of the Lord and is delivered from adversity into the seat of government. Dreams and dreams yet unfulfilled all coming true. God's plan revealed in due time.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

God guides us through temptation by our obedience to Him.
We follow good instructions that steer us to where blessing is ordained; directions which keep us out of harm's way.
Joseph is spared by his fidelity to God and also to Potiphar.

It is worth noting that Potiphar, captain of the guard, the officer of Pharaoh, may have been a eunuch. 
So Potiphar's wife has unmet needs and is left alone with herself while Potiphar serves the needs of Pharaoh.

Do we fail to meet our spouses needs while we pursue our vocation?

Every man and woman is tempted; and our safety and deliverance is already provided for by God: in our knowledge of Him, in fellowship with each other, and ultimately,  in Christ.

Joseph in Potiphar's House

God's plan for Joseph and all the descendants of Israel is unfolding.  God's favour benefits others as well.  God does not spare His servants of suffering when it is necessary for the greater good in the will of God.  God who shares in our grief and did not spare His only Son, whose Son suffered willingly.  We can learn from the story of Joseph today.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Joseph's Dreams

God still does this today. Prophecy proves true. The Bible is an historical witness to great promises kept. Video that goes with the podcast is found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CExvHJxJnY

Saturday, 24 September 2011

El Bethel - The God of the House of God

 Jacob is called by God to arise from Shechem where he has settled, because he is coming up short of the completed journey that God has in store for him.  He is lead to where God has ordained the blessing of Abraham and Isaac.

Only obedience gets him there.  Only his life has taught him this obedience.

God has patiently guided Jacob through the suffering his choices have rendered, back to the place where he met God;

to recognize that God is not found in a place but in the relationship. Face to face.  The God of the House of God.  Not a God among gods, but God Almighty.

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Sunday, 21 August 2011

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Here is a link on simple genetics as observed by a Czech Monk named Gregor Mendel
If you cant click on the word "genetics", cut and paste the address below in your browser:
http://anthro.palomar.edu/mendel/mendel_1.htm

This idea was used in today's sermon.

Friday, 8 July 2011

LAST

We have a promo video for the Hillfoots Youth Event called "LAST" What is LAST? video

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Holiday Club Registration Form

Primary 1-5 (and 'near-aged' siblings)
10am-12noon 4-8 July

click on the link below to download the registration form:
Registration form

Saturday, 11 June 2011

How Does the World See Us?

Godisnowhere
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Saturday, 16 April 2011

What is God up to in you?

.. The work of Jesus in the world is two-fold.

It is a work accomplished for us, destined to effect reconciliation: between God and man; it is a work accomplished in us, with the object of effecting our sanctification.

By the one, a right relation is established between God and us; by the other is the fruit of the re-established order. By the former the condemned sinner is received into the state of grace; by the latter the pardoned sinner is associated with the life of God....

How many express themselves as if when forgiveness, with the peace which it procures, has been once obtained, all is finished, and the work of salvation complete.

They seem to have no suspicion that salvation consists in the health of the soul, and that the health of the soul consists in holiness.

Forgiveness is not the re-establishment of health, it is but the crisis of convalescence. If God thinks fit to declare the sinner righteous, it is in order that He may by that means restore him to holiness."-Godet.

What is God up to, IN you?

Saturday, 2 April 2011

You believe What?!!!

What fool believes that a baby came from a virgin and a dead man came back to life?

God shows that He is in charge of this life and is willing and able to violate concrete principles to show His love for us; even though we lived as enemies of God.

Don't be a fool!

Make peace with the God who made you and holds it all together.

Jesus lived and died and lives again to show the love of God;
and to BE the way, the truth and the Life.
"no one comes to the Father except through me"
~Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ of God

"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28

Only a fool would pass on that offer.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Have You Considered My Servant...?


Today a student at the Scottish Baptist College spoke on Job.
Daniel proposed that the whole story hinges on Job 1:8
"The LORD said to Satan, 'Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.'"

The main thrust was this:
it isn't a question of whether or not Job has faith in God,
Or if he will be found faithful in the midst of suffering;
but that the story is told to show that God has faith in Job!

Job 1:21-22 ...Blessed be the name of the LORD."
Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.

May we be found to trust God with what challenges He has entrusted to us!