Articles in Category: Still Small Voice

Farewell Aultbea

Written by Andrew R Allan on Monday, 28 April 2014. Posted in Still Small Voice

Thanks For The Privilege

I write this a few days before my induction to the Partick congregation. It was difficult to preach my last sermons on 20th April and to pack up and leave our home at Pier Road the following Thursday and Friday. To say goodbye to people you have grown to love and respect is not easy. To realise that I will not see many of them again in this world is a sobering thought. My only consolation is that I have sought to preach Christ to them. 

The congregation of Poolewe and Aultbea is an ideal congregation for a minister's first charge. They are wełcoming, loyal, devoted, undestanding and loving.  I have found that they have shown all of these virtues, and more, towards me and my family during our five and a half years in their midst.

I do hope that what I've learnt from them I may be able to use in my new congregation. 

Farewell brethren it was an honour and privilege to serve you. 

Acts 20:32 "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

 

Repent or Perish!

Written by Andrew R Allan on Wednesday, 31 October 2012. Posted in Still Small Voice

We sympathise with all those in Eastern America and the Caribbean who have been affected by the storm Sandy.  Some 70 persons lost their lives when the storm affected the Caribbean and over 40 were killed when Sandy hit the USA.  We do hope that life will get back to normal for all those affected as quickly as possible.

In one interview President Obama mentioned ‘Mother Nature’ in connection with the storm.  Others also have attributed this storm to the workings of ‘Mother Nature’.

The Christian believes in a God who is absolutely sovereign over all things, including the weather.  Indeed the Westminster Shorter Catechism speaks of God as one who ‘has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.”  In other words all that happens in the world has been decreed by God.  In one real sense there are no accidents or freaks of nature when all things have been foreordained by God.  In the Gospels the Lord Jesus Christ is recorded as One who controlled the weather so that His disciples marveled, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41).

In the light of the above facts are there lessons we can learn from this incident? 

This storm happened for a reason.  There is a ‘needs be’ for all that comes upon the world.  Exactly what the reason(s) is is not easy to determine.  However, there are one or two general lessons that can be dogmatically stated.

This storm and all inclement weather teach us that the world is cursed because of sin. For there would be no extreme weather if there was no sin.  It also teaches us God’s hatred of sin.  In biblical times God brought about a worldwide cataclysmic flood that destroyed the ancient world saving only Noah and his family.  Has Sandy been sent upon America because of their sinful lives?  Should we then not heed the warning and repent from our wicked living? (Luke 13:3).  It also teaches that this world and universe are under the direct control of God.  He rules, overrules, guides and preserves, governs and upholds His creation day by day, moment by moment.

The Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples about the time when he would return to the earth to judge the world.  He described the condition of the world before He would return.  One of the things He said was, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25.  Could it be that this storm and other incidents of extreme weather are warnings of the coming of Christ to judge the world?

Are you ready for Him when He will come again?