Ross McIntyre
Feb21

Ross McIntyre

My name is Ross McIntyre,I’m 36 years old and I was born in Livingston,West Lothian and raised on a council estate. I grew up as an only child and had a fantastic childhood and have two very loving parents whom I still have a fantastic relationship with. I went through primary school with no problems at all. I was the cheeky but lovable class joker. I never got out of control though and always had a respect for My teachers and elders. Once I went to high school in 1993,things began to change. By the time I was in 3rd year at High School at the age of 14 I was starting to experiment with alcohol and cannabis. This became a regular occurrence every weekend. It was the alcohol though that I really took to. It was at this point in my life that depression started creeping into my life and feelings of not being good enough. As time passed my schooling suffered as I was playing truant and getting up to no good with my friends. Even at this young age I was a greedy drinker and that would continue with me into adulthood. One beer was too much and twenty wasn’t enough! By the time I was 16 I had left school and started working in a biscuit factory. My week consisted of looking forward to the weekend,getting paid and going out and drinking with my friends. My parents were really starting to get worried and upset at my behaviour and life I was leading and the road my life was going down. I remember my Dad putting the idea of The Royal Air Force into my head as an opportunity to do something with my life. I honestly did not enjoy the life I was leading and the dead end job I was in,so I applied to The Royal Air Force and passed the tests and was accepted. I went in as a Mechanical Transport Driver. I spent 3 years in The Royal Air Force and in the forces at that time there was a big drinking culture. I took to this more than my actual trade. This was the start of my downfall with alcohol. Once I left the forces I became extremely depressed again so I would just drink more at the weekends. This was to be the pattern of my life for the next 6 years. A few months after leaving the forces I met my future wife. She could party just as hard as myself and we got it off straight away. The first six months were just a big party and...

Read More
Rita Ferns
Feb14

Rita Ferns

When mother-of-four, Rita Ferns, had five people close to her die in the space of fourteen months, she understandably spiralled into a deep depression. But the new Christian clung to her faith during that dark time and is now able to look back and see that even in the hardest periods, God was at work. “Four family members committed suicide and I just broke down,” the 55-year-old says. “I didn’t think it was possible to feel that bad and still live. I locked myself away and the only thing I had was my Bible. I didn’t even have the strength to read it but I would cling to it every night. “Every morning I would pray to God to take me, then one morning as I cried out to God I heard the words, ‘I’m going to take you out of the mud and mire and set your feet on the rock.’ “Then Psalm 40 came to me where it says, ‘I waited patiently for the Lord and he heard my cry.’ I knew then that God was with me. “The days started to get better as God poured out his love.” But Rita’s faith was to be put to the ultimate test as tragedy struck again when her son died from a drugs overdose last year. “I just felt myself being lifted up,” she says. “Despite what I was going through, the love of God was there – I felt loved and precious and I knew that Jesus was with me even through that. Now, even though I have the memories, the pain that goes with them isn’t there. Jesus has taken it away and now I can look back on my life and see God at work, even in the dark times. “I used to just cry constantly but now I am totally set free. God is an awesome God.” That’s quite a statement for Rita, who goes to Bathgate Elim in Scotland as her whole life was characterised by abuse and poverty on an unspeakable scale. “I was abused from the age of five,” she says. “My dad had a drink problem and it wasn’t uncommon for him to spend evenings in the cells. There were nine of us and I was the eldest. “My mum struggled to cope so I took on that maternal role.” As Rita got older, things got worse as her father’s drink problem increased and periods of homelessness followed. “When I was eight my mum just ran away and left us in a social worker’s office,” she says. “In those days they had no homes for men and children so even...

Read More
Your Kingdom need You! 12th Nov 2017
Nov14

Your Kingdom need You! 12th Nov 2017

Your Kingdom needs You!!     John 15:9-17   Mark 8 31 And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. 33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” 34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Jesus calls us to follow him personally. This call is at the very heart of the Gospel   Over the last 4 weeks I ave had an overwhelming burden for God’s word and not to preach in any wishy washy manner, because I feel where God is taking us, we need bold preaching to get us ready for the task ahead!!   This image, designed by Alfred Leete (1882–1933), and famous for Kitchener’s pointing finger and the words ‘Your Country Needs You’, has become an icon of the enlistment frenzy. However, it did not appear in poster form until the end of September 1914, after signing-up peaked Join your countries Army,  God save the King   This call is a call is a call to leave everything behind   “One of the disciples said to him, ‘Lord, let me go first and bury my father.’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead'” (Mt 8:21-22).     How may times do we say “ I will give my all to Jesus, when this happens or I’ll wait until”…. This Call to follow is a call to self denial and even to death………… but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. This call is a call to a future...

Read More
Newsletter – 29th Oct – 5th Nov 2017
Oct31
Read More
The warnings of The king – 29th October 2017
Oct31

The warnings of The king – 29th October 2017

The second coming of Christ is mentioned 318 times in the 260 chapters of the New Testament; and it occupies 1 in every 25 verses from Matthew to Revelation. The Bible contains over 300 predictions about the FIRST coming of Christ as Saviour; but it contains 2,500 references to HIS second coming as King. Can we just  pause  here and see and understand how important this subject is in the plan of God   …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………   The 1970’s , 1980’s and 1990’s seen an increase of false Christs and doctrines that would lead people away from Jesus and his truth.     The Church in the west today has shied away from the topic in fear of dividing the body of Christ through escheologitical  differences. Some people take it too the extreme and some people are passive about it.     We need to agree on one thing:   Christ’s second coming will be physical, bright, loud and glorious. This event cannot be hidden, every human on planet earth will see Jesus. He will come back personally and literally. Revelation 1:7 says, “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him.” There will not be a person on earth who is unaware of Jesus’ return. Jesus Himself describes the manner of His coming. Matthew 24:27 states that the return of Christ will be like the brightness of lightning illuminating the entire sky from the east to the west. Verses 30 and 31 of the same chapter describe Jesus coming with power and great glory and with the sound of a great trumpet, that awakens the righteous dead who are then gathered from the ends of the earth. Nothing secret about that! The MANNEROF HIS COMING WILL BE:     PERSONAL 1 Thess 4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Acts 1:11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven LITERALL Acts 1:11 , will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven   VISIBLE 1 John 3:2 “But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Luke 21:27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Rev 1:7...

Read More