Message for December

Musings from the Manse Dear friends, I was born and brought up on the Island of Lewis. It’s where I was educated, attended an FE College, met and married Jessie and where I, after 4 years studying Social work in Aberdeen, returned to in 1991 and worked for 12 years...

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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 Summer

Dear friends, Last month we looked at how God uses the Commanding Scripture to guide us in our Christian walk with Jesus. This month we’re going to look at the second CS that God guides us in our Christian lives – the Compelling Spirit. We probably associate guidance from the...

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Message for June

Dear friends, In the run up to the election I was very aware of the multiplying number of programmes and leaflets and hustings that were taking place in hopes that the political landscape of the country on June 8th would be more blue, red, yellow, orange, green or whatever from...

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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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