Airdrie folks were in good voice as the meeting started with some singing. A couple of people then shared how God had prepared them for different situations during the week. We then read from 2 Tim 4:1 "when Christ will come to judge the living and the dead. Those who have died with him will live and those who endure hardship will reign with him". We also looked at Song of Songs 5:2,16 Christ calls to us “Open to me my treasure, my darling, my dove, my perfect one. His head is drenched with dew, his hair with the dampness of the night.” Only kindness comes from Him. This is our Christ who comes to us in our darkest hours. He stands beside us and strengthens us that we may endure until He comes again. We then had a very lovely time of singing in the Spirit as we brought our songs of worship to Him.
Airdrie meeting will be off next week to allow folks to attend Alison Speirs retiral event at Greenock Town Hall.
We had a lovely house meeting this week. We started with our usual up to date honest reports. Some had had a better week than others but whatever had happened it was good that we could share our troubles with each other.
We then looked at various verses from Hebrews and discussed their meaning. We all made contributions and added to the initial thoughts brought to us. Finally we closed with a time of worship. There was a lovely touch of God on us particularly helping those who were struggling with various issues. As we chatted over some supper at the end of the night there was a very happy atmosphere. It was good to be together.
We had a good number in Newmains this week with three visitors which is always encouraging. The singing at the beginning was fine. Kim gave a very good testimony. Pauline preached well and spoke around the New Year Word and it’s relevence to Newmains. She encouraged people to ‘dig the ditches deeper’ in their own lives looking for an increasing depth of God daily rather than relying only on emotional experiences. The prayer time that followed was good. Folks were encouraged to focus on the Cross and we got through deeply to God. One of the new folks came for prayer at the end of the night. She got on well. It was an encouraging night.