Message for October

Dear friends, Over the last two months we’ve looked at the different ways God guides us. We reflected on Commanding Scripture, the Compelling Spirit, the Counsel of the Saints and this month we’re going to look at Common Sense or more precisely, reason. What I mean by that is this:...

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Message for September

Dear friends, Over the last two months we’ve looked at the ways God uses to give us guidance. We reflected on Commanding Scripture and then the Compelling Spirit. This month we’re looking at the Counsel of the Saints. Proverbs 11:14 says, ‘For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many...

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Message for May

Dear friends, One of the great truths of the Bible is that our existence on this earth is not by accident but by design. In Psalm 139:13-14, as David reflects on his life in relation to God he says, ‘For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in...

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Message for April

Dear friends, Easter is almost upon us and it’s made the main headlines in the News! It was reported that the Church of England is embroiled in a row with Cadbury and the National Trust after it was claimed the firms removed references to Christian holiday Easter in marketing for...

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Message for March

Dear friends, Life, for so many of us, can be more like a cloudy sky than a clear one, more like darkness than light, more like climbing a mountain than walking round a mole hill, more like struggling in the depths than soaring on the heights. When life is like...

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Message for February

Dear friends, Psalm 31:15 assures us that our times are in God’s hands. In other words all our days are lived out not randomly or luckily or fatalistically, but ‘providentially’; God sees us and knows us and cares for us and loves us. This neither abrogates our responsibility nor negates...

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Message for January

Dear friends, ‘Back to Life; Back to Reality’. So goes the title of the 1994 hit song for the British R and B Band Soul II Soul. I think this serves as a very apt description of where we’re at just now. Christmas has gone and 2017 has come. We...

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Message for December

Ramblings from the Rev Dear friends, It’s that time of the year again! Christmas time has become a bit like marmite to so many of us- you either love it or loathe it because it’s become so commercialised. It has moved largely away from the winsomeness it was intended to...

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Message for November

Message for November Ramblings from the Rev Dear friends, The theme of the Book of Revelation in particular and the whole Bible in general is that the Lord God reigns from heaven, on earth, to the ends of the universe and throughout all eternity (Rev 19:6). This reality struck me...

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Message for October

Dear friends, Having conducted seven funerals over the last two months, a number of things have been impressed on me regarding death. 1. Folk are involved. This is a truism but what I mean is there are so many people involved when death occurs. Families, friends and neighbours, colleagues, nursing...

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Message for August

Musings from the Manse Dear friends ‘Keswick’. What do you think of when you hear that? ‘Lake District’, ‘mountains’, ‘walks’, ‘rain’, ‘floods’? The name and the word conjures up all kinds of thoughts and ideas. For me when I think Keswick I think ‘great preaching and teaching, praise and company...

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Message for June

Musings from the Manse Dear friends Ecclesiastes 3:1 says ‘there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven’. I experienced that in quite an intense way recently when in the space of a week, amongst a host of other things, I witnessed an accident which...

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Message for April

From the Manse Dear Friends, When we were on holiday recently we went to the morning service in Stirling Free Church. It’s a new church plant and Ian Macaskill has recently been called there as their first minister (not like Nicola Sturgeon I hasten to add) which is very exciting...

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Message for February

From the Manse Dear Friends, In this month’s newsletter are details of 2 older people who passed away recently- Christina J. Morrison and John D. Macleod. As I was thinking of them both and reflecting on their lives, I realised that they were so very different: Christina was very old...

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Message for January

From the Manse Dear Friends, The recent acquittal of a Northern Ireland pastor of using ‘grossly offensive’ words during a sermon made available online made headline news recently. Pastor James McConnell was on trial for comments he made about Islam and though he was found not guilty, what is concerning...

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Message for December

From the Manse Dear Friends, MoneySuperMarket presents the following figures to illustrate how commercialised and consumerist Christmas has become to us. They state that spending is set to exceed £18 billion this year with Brits splashing out an average of £397 per person on the cost of Christmas. This level...

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First things First

From the Manse Dear friends, In my daily reading plan I’m making my way through Ezekiel amongst other passages in the Bible and the truth is there are sections which are difficult to understand containing language and concepts that are hard to make sense of. In chapter 1 Ezekiel sees...

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Message for October

Dear friends, As we continue our overview of the principles and practices involved in following Jesus as members of His church, we come to the area of Bible reading. The Bible is God’s food for us (Heb 5. 12-14) which is sweet to the taste (Ps 119. 103), it refreshes...

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Prayer

Dear friends, When a baby is born, one of the obvious evidences that there is new life is the sound of a cry. It’s what a mother and attendant medical staff look for, or rather listen for. A cry is a baby’s way of saying ‘I’m here, I’m alive, I...

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Message for Summer

From the Manse Dear friends, This month we’re going to look at Praise as we consider what it means to be a follower of Jesus and a member in his church. There are several words in the Bible to describe praise; One word is yadah, meaning ‘praise, give thanks, or...

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Message for May

From the Manse Dear friends, I’m continuing to look at what it means to be a member in the church. We were pleased to receive into membership at our recent communions Debbie Hargreaves, Robin Gray and Neil Holmes all by profession of faith. As we pray that the Lord will...

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Message for April

From the Manse Dear friends, Two months ago we began looking at why we should join the church if we trust our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ. Being a member involves both privileges and responsibilities, and so over the next few months I want to look at particular areas...

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Message for March

Dear friends, Time to Say Good Bye Sadly, it seems the time has come for me (Dan) to write my last letter in the monthly bulletin. It was 18 months ago that Penny and I moved to Inverness and started our ministry in the Free North and Madras Street. Since...

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Message for February

Dear friends, Why Join the Church? Over the coming months Colin and I hope to run a series of monthly messages on the theme of church membership. Therefore this month I (Dan) wish to share with you the necessity of membership. It will be no surprise that membership rates of...

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Message for January

Dear friends, Well, 2015 is here at long last! Its arrival is something that’s been spoken about, referred to, anticipated, dreaded by some, longed for by others, but no matter how we’ve approached it, the fact of the matter is it’s here now! The question I’ve been asking myself is,...

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Message for December

Dear Friends, I am just in the door from our monthly Home Bible Studies having had a wonderful time of fellowship. The night was full of laughter, stirring conversation and it was all topped off with tea and pancakes! The night flew by, as it always does, and before I...

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Message for November

Dear Friends, Jessie and I travelled to Mull recently to Sean Anker’s commissioning service as Presbytery Worker for Glasgow Presbytery. It was a fairly long and arduous journey but very much worth it as we were able to represent the Free North as well as enjoy being with the good...

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Message for October

Dear Friends, Reading Philippians 2:5-11 recently I was struck by three things the passage has to say to us. Firstly, it’s an explanation of the incarnation; in other words, why the Son of God became flesh, became a human being. It was to live and then die on the cross...

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Message for September

Dear Friends, The other day I was thinking about the message of Exodus and in particular the journey of the Israelites into the wilderness. If we can imagine the scene: Moses and the Israelites have watched the world’s biggest superpower (Egypt) crumble at the hands of God. He has destroyed...

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Message for Summer

Dear Friends, The weather has been so changeable over the last number of weeks. Sunshine and showers, hot and cold, windy and calm, and sometimes all of these in the space of just one day! Most of us love the sun. It not only brings warmth and light but literally...

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Message for June

Dear Friends, The hardest part of suffering is time. A short stab of pain hurts us, but we recover and go on. Yet, when a prolonged period of suffering comes, we long for relief and cry out to God, “how long must this go on?” By that we often mean,...

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Message for May

Dear Friends, What thrills my heart more than anything is when the Lord brings someone to faith in Jesus Christ. I love to witness that and to hear of that. At our recent communions we were blessed to hear Annie Maclean, Annetta Crookes and Elise Ayres doing just that. I...

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April 2014

Dear Friends, As I have been walking around Inverness for the last few weeks it has been apparent that the change in season has had an effect on the citizens of our city. The sunshine and warmth has brought a spring in the steps of those passing the church building....

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God’s promises

Dear Friends, How disappointing is it when promises are broken? Last week Jessie and I spent a couple of days in Edinburgh helping our two sons, Matthew and David, move into their newly purchased flat. They put in a lot of work to ensure a smooth move from their old...

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Walled Garden

Dear Friends, In our recent office bearers’ prayer meeting, Colin had selected Psalm 19 to read to us to help focus our thoughts on the Lord. It also happens to be a Psalm very dear to my own heart. I know many of us have favourite psalms but for myself...

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New Year

Dear Friends, As 2014 came upon us I was once again faced with that recurring question that I have to address every New Year; what do I say to people when I meet them for the first time in a new year? Happy New Year? A prosperous new year? A...

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