Letter from the Manse (138)

Thought provoking, biblical, often topical but always worth a read!

  • Which Bible translation?

    For many years we have made use of the New International Version. I bought a copy when it was first published back in 1978.  When this church began meeting in 1981, we used it from the beginning. Some people can get very het up on the issue of bible translations.…

  • Fasting

    Have you marked Saturday 13th July in your diary? The office-bearers have agreed to set that day aside as a day of special prayer for the church. We would want as many of you as possible to join us in that. Often in the Bible when God’s people set aside…

  • Telephone dangers!

    I spend much of my life on the telephone. It’s a wonderful invention. But it’s also a very dangerous device. Let me list some of the problems. 1) The telephone can divert the flow of prayer. God wants his people to talk to him. That’s one reason why he sends…

  • Keeping vows

    “I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfil my vows to you, vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble”.. “I will fulfil my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people” (Psalms 66:13, 116:14). The psalmists often made…

  • So this is Christmas?

    Twenty-five shopping days to Christmas… Christmas is a dilemma for us all. For years, Scrooge-like, I muttered and groaned about Christmas. I said that I’d like to abolish it completely. I refused to put up any decorations in my home. I sent as few cards as I could decently get…