Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Saturday, 24 November 2007

God is Moving!

Its getting cold in Scotland! But that drove in about 10+ teenagers last night to our kids club at Alva Baptist Church (on top of the 12 or so kids who already come). And they didn’t ruin it for the younger kids AND they stayed for the preachy bit to hear about how the righteous live by faith and a part about Sheep & Goats where Jesus describes the righteous sheep as those who love one another well in action. We also got to teach that God did not create Hell for people, but for the Devil. And encouraged that Jesus came to save every person! (Even the jerks, as one kid asked)

AND this one rude, scoffer actually stepped into the main sanctuary, into the pulpit and began to read my sermon from last week about abiding in Christ’s word, knowing the truth and being made free! He stopped at each line and asked “now what the #@!$#$% does that mean?” And I patiently explained, loving beyond my offended heart!

We could have insisted on appropriate language, we could have insisted on a sterile place untouched by the hands of unbelievers, but instead I watched as God tugs on the heart of a sinner. Ministry is a messy business. (sheep smell) I can see how God chooses the least and the lost and calls them to serve Him. (in the mirror!)

We are seriously committed to being nice to young people whom God loves; and showing Christian love in the face of insults and derision from the blind and the captives.

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

Dave & Liz

An Historic Event

Many were blessed and honored to be present at the first time, since opening the Scottish parliament 8 years ago, that the chamber and all elected leaders present were lead in the Lord's prayer.

Shivers as Anne McIntyre, invited to preside over the chamber for only 4 minutes that day, encouraged our leaders and turned to honor Our Father through the words of His Son Jesus Christ, and seek whole-heartedly for His will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven!

In the delegated authority of the land, on behalf of the nation, standing for God in the seat of government. Our Lord reigns!

Praising God and thanking Him for VICTORY in Jesus name!

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

It's Simple

God is moving in this wee church

This land aches for a change in the way we see God
from ‘Religious Maintenance’ to ‘Heroic, Historic, Life-defining relationship'.

Friday, 16 November 2007

The church meeting

I find that I love my neighbors at Alva Baptist Church more after seeing how much they care about our community of faith. It gets a bit intense some times but the work will get done and God will get all the credit. It can only be Him.

I am praying that God give us wisdom about how to care for all that He will bring along. The Church in Alva, Scotland is better off with these people praying for her.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Be a Hero on Rememberance Day

Memorize This Verse!Romans 6:23 on a dinner napkin takes REAL courage.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Church Meeting: Wednesday 14 November

We will begin promptly at @ 7:30pm.
At the wee hall toward the rear of the church.
Enter on the side door off Brook Street.
All members of Alva Baptist Church are encouraged to attend.
Any visitors welcome

Tentative Agenda:
-Pastoral Exhortation
-Approval of Minutes
-Financial Report
  • Expansion of the role of Praise in the worship service
  • Reinstitution of the Prayer of Intercession
  • The Communion Service
  • Christmas Preparations: Services: Christmas Eve? Christmas Day? Decorations? Carols Selection? Choir? Children’s contribution, and all that
  • The 'expectation' of membership - The opportunities to serve in the church and sincere desire to see each person fulfilling their unique role in the body of Christ.
  • Suggest the consideration of clarifying the existing constitution through policies, amendment or revision.
  • AOCB

What we are about

A Christian's job description:

1 Timmothy 4:12-16
…in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed upon you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things; for as you do this you will insure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.


A Vision and mission statement for Alva Baptist Church:

Vision: Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Mission: Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”



“Instead of looking to fall back on a 1st century model for the Church, we are striving forward toward a 21st century expression of the Body of Christ”

Luke 2:49b "...did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?"