Not Troubled Not Afraid . Sermon from John 14:26-27
A statement from the Kirk Session in the light of the current guidance on COVID-19.
'Chan eil dìteadh sam bith'
(There is no condemnation) A Gaelic service from Romans 8:1
with singing from Psalm 16 :8-9 and Psalm 133
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This morning’s sermon comes from John’s gospel 14 and looks at the promise Jesus gives about the coming of the Holy Spirit to be the comforter, help and guide of His people. Continue reading
Tarbert, Harris Church of Scotland
A Statement from the Kirk Session
The announcement last week by the Scottish Government that church buildings could now open, with certain conditions, was a welcome indication of continued improvement in the situation relating to Covid-19 in Scotland. Along with other churches, our Kirk session met to consider the next steps and how we would proceed. Continue reading
This weekend finds us in midsummer once again. Today (Saturday 20th June) is known as the longest day when we enjoy more daylight than at any other time of the year. It is a time that many of us have looked forward to, and try to make the most of these few weeks of summer. The weather has indeed been glorious lately, but from now on the days will get shorter and the nights will grow inexorably longer. As we contemplate the thought of a long Harris winter – it be might be a welcome thought for the Sun to stand still for a while – quite a while! Continue reading
This morning’s sermon is a more extended version of the earlier message on Zoom. Looking at some important little words in John 6:37.
Today we are going to think about assurance , or how we know that with certainty that we are Christians, and that we have a secure future hope because of Jesus Christ. Continue reading
I hope that this letter finds you and yours well during these strange days in which we find ourselves. This year is one that no-one living through it will forget, and will most likely be spoken of and taught in future history classes. These are unprecedented and challenging times for all of us. Continue reading
This series of daily Bible notes ends for a time after the biblical fortieth day, in looking once again at the ‘Friends in High Places’ who protected Elisha and his servant. We have seen over these forty days how Elijah and Elisha, two unique individuals had a purpose in God’s plan. They showed character in the times of crisis in which they found themselves, and as such, they leave us with much to think about and follow in our own time of crisis today.
I believe that what we are shown in these verses should be a great comfort, as we are shown that no matter our circumstances, no matter even how we might feel; we are not alone. If we can take to heart Elisha’s rapid faith-filled prayer, we are shown that God’s help is indeed only a prayer away. Continue reading
What I am referring to is what the Bible calls’ ministering spirits’, powerful beings that we cannot ordinarily see, but who exist to do God’s will, and to help God’s people.
Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1:14
These Verses in 2 Kings 6 bring home the reality of these ‘friends in high places’ to Elisha’s servant. It is only when his eyes are opened that He sees what he hadn’t before. He can discern God’s firewall around him, ( vs 17) He sees what Elisha could see, he sees what God wanted him to see, and also what the devil didn’t want him to see! The prophet’s servant is shown the reality of Angelic presence, of a spiritual dimension of which we are often unaware. But before this – things were different! Continue reading
This morning’s sermon is from 1 Thessalonians 3 and looks at Paul’s concern for, and longing to be with the Christians in Thessalonica once again. These verses show the depth of his feeling for those he knew there and his continuing burden in prayer for them. Paul’s words may express how many of us feel at this current time. He specifically asks for three things
May God prepare the way for us to meet again
May God make us abound in love
May God strengthen our hearts Continue reading
Naaman’s Confession in 2 Kings 5:15 does in some senses read like other similar confessions in the Bible. “Behold, I know that there is no God in all the earth but in Israel; so accept now a present from your servant.”
This is a statement of Naaman’s Faith, but we must notice it is a fledgeling faith. It is an immature faith ( vs 17). He is so impressed by this God who is able to heal, as no other could that he determines that he will worship this God, ( read vs 17) Two mule loads of earth seem to show Naaman’s ignorance of this God. He knows this God, but very little. He seems to have a mixed Polytheistic view that this God is like other gods, who would prefer the earth of his own land, believing that God could only be worshipped on his native soil. His God is small, and his knowledge of him imperfect. Continue reading
Yet Naaman should be thankful for the wise counsel of his servants. They are sensible and wise when their master is not, and they give him this prudent advice
“My father, if the prophet had told you to do something great, would you not have done it? How much more then, when he says to you, ‘Wash and be clean’?” ( vs 13)
Thankfully for Naaman, he heeded their advice and was healed of his leprosy Continue reading