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Doug Atherton17 September 2018

“Pastor, is it wrong to dream dreams?” I hesitated before articulating a meaningful answer. My response was on the back of a sermon that I had just preached on self-denial. However, I was also reminded of the words of the prophet Joel: “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28) I suspect my reply to the young enquirer surprised him: “Whatever happens, keep blowing bubbles!”   

Doug Atherton3 September 2018

Christians are considered by many to be absolutely crazy - and let’s face it, with good reason.  A.W. Tozer notes in his book The Root of the Righteous: “A real Christian is an odd number anyway.  He feels supreme love for one whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so that he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst.

Donald Coulter27 August 2018

Each year an OMS Team along with a number of other Christian groups give out free drinks of juice and gospel literature to those taking part in the annual climb of Croagh Patrick.

Doug Atherton11 July 2018

“... the altar of the Lord ... was in ruins,” (1 Kings 18:30)

The altar, of course, speaks of sacrifice, of self-denial. Contextually, God’s people, of the northern kingdom of Israel, had abandoned the worship of Yahweh, their God, and ‘indulged themselves’ in hedonistically inclined idolatry with the prophets of Baal and Asherah. The situation was desperate! The need of the hour was for a manifestation of a God who answered by fire.

Doug Atherton18 May 2018

In my younger, fitter days, a particularly favourite jogging route of mine would take me along Shirley Road and past the St. Helens depot for hauliers Sutton's Transport. The clock tower overseeing the main gate at ‘Suttons’ once stood on the estate of racing driving Sir John Whitmore and was rebuilt at the St. Helens site by the late Alf Sutton. Now a well-known local landmark, the clock tower’s annotation reads: “Time and tide waiteth for no man.” It is said that this prophetic 14th century proverb was chosen by Alf to, “prod any slackers!” Whether that is true or not, I cannot say.

Doug Atherton30 April 2018

“Casual with holy things!”  This expression has wedged itself in my conscience since uttered by Dr. John Oswalt during OMS’ 110th Anniversary Reunion Meetings at Southport Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana in June 2011.  The Reunion was a time of much blessing.  Equally, God spoke words of challenge and chastisement into my heart. Dr. Oswalt, a visiting distinguished professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, spoke about Biblical holiness.

Donald Coulter16 April 2018

Recently I was travelling through Dunmanway in Co Cork. The following verse of Scripture was displayed on the end wall of one of the houses in the town as you travel through the main street:

Donald Coulter1 April 2018

The words: ‘He is not here, but has risen’ are a vital aspect of the gospel and bring great encouragement and peace to every Christian. The Christian message is that death is not the end. 1 Corinthians 15 v 3-4 affirms what we believe: ‘For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,’. In fact Paul went on to say: ‘and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain’ v14. 

Donald Coulter28 March 2018

David and Elizabeth Ross of Top of the Rock Pod Pairc and Walking Centre (Drimaleague) along with Bantry Christian Fellowship hosted a team from Asbury College, Kentucky USA lead by Chuck Long (One Mission Society) from Sunday 13th March to Sunday 18th March.