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The Old Reformed Church

at Ballymacashon

Affiliated to the Congregational Union of Ireland and The Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches

78 Saintfield Road, Killinchy, Co.Down. BT23 6RN.
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Martin Luther: “at home, in my own house, there is no warmth or vigour in me, but in the church when the multitude is gathered together, a fire is kindled in my heart and it breaks its way through.”

The Old Reformed Church at Ballymacashon
(Congregational)
78 Saintfield Road,
Killinchy,
NEWTOWNARDS
Co.Down
BT23 6RN

Nebuchadnezzar’s Nightmare!

Nebuchadnezzar’s Nightmare!

Text: Daniel 2:1-49

Babylon had an efficient education system, as we learned in our previous study, and the university there had produced some of the cleverest men in the whole world. So when Nebuchadnezzar had a bad dream, surely it shouldn’t be too much trouble for one of them to sort the matter out? Nebuchadnezzar called his council together. V2  

1. The Cull of the Chaldeans. V5-13

Nebuchadnezzar is not a reasonable man. He asked the privy counsel to explain his dream, but he wouldn’t tell them what the dream was! The sages are stunned by this request, especially by the explicit threats that accompanied it. V5. And no matter how they tried to persuade him, the king wouldn’t tell them the dream, and they were unable to tell the despot what the dream was about. It’s stalemate. V10-11  An order went out, V13   Learning that you are about to be executed cannot be the most pleasant experience.  Daniel went to see Nebuchadnezzar. He asked… 

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Daniel’s Diet

The Daniel Diet!

Text: Daniel 1:1-21

Jerusalem had fallen. The implication was obvious to Nebuchadnezzar – my gods are more powerful than your God, for he has been defeated. But READ: Daniel 1:2 It was God himself who had handed over his own people to the Babylonians, and in this study we shall discover why.  

1. Life in the University of Babylon. V3-7

Nebuchadnezzar would take the brightest and best of the youth of each captured nation, and he would reeducate them, and remove all traces of their upbringing, their religious and cultural education. They would be fully assimilated into the pagan culture and lifestyle of their captors. In that way, Nebuchadnezzar could control all the diverse national identities and ethnic cultures in his kingdom. Four young men were selected from among the Hebrews. READ V4. Let’s say that these boys were in their mid teens when they began their three year course.  Let’s see how the course curriculum would be planned for them:-

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Monday PrayerCast 25th July 2022

News and Prayer Update.

Good morning! It’s 8am on Monday morning the 25th July 2022 and this the weekly look at what’s happening, and a little bit of ethical commentary from a Christian standpoint. And a little bit of personal news first. I’m off on leave for a few weeks, so there’ll be no PrayerCast now until Monday 29th August, unless some major news breaks before that.  And summer holidays are a good time to catch up with some reading, both light reading, and something a little more meaty. I have a copy of Samuel Rutherford’s “Lex Rec – The Law and the Prince” that I want to plough my way through over August.  If you’re going on holiday, please do have some rest and recharge your batteries and prepare yourself for the Autumn when church activities start again.

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Who Then Can Stand? Rev 7:1-8:1

Who Then Can Stand?

Text: Revelation 7:1-8:1

Revelation 6 ends with this very important question, in V17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Revelation 7 is the answer to that very important question.

1. The Sealed are Secure.

Just as the earth is being destroyed, there is a huge development, four angels appear, and they are holding back the four winds. These are very graphic images. Another angel appears and he addresses these first angels, “V3 Here’s the answer to question, “Who is able to stand, – only those who are sealed by God! To be sealed is:-

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Global Warning – Rev. 6:12-17

The Final Deconstruction of the Cosmos

This is a terrifying passage. It is meant to be. The people to whom John is conveying this heavenly vision are living in fear for their lives in the Roman Empire. They need to know that the day will surely come when the tables will be reversed, and all the wrongs that have been done on them will be put to rights, in God’s time. This horrific passage was to comfort persecuted believers. 

1. The Sixth Seal. Revelation 6:12  

We have reached the point where the sixth seal is opened by Jesus, the Lamb of God and the Lion of Judah, the one who holds all of history and the destiny of the entire universe in his hands, for only he is worthy to do so. It is the seal of the last judgment, on the last day.  See v17  To understand this sixth seal, which is about the final destruction of the universe at the end of this age, as the wrath of God is poured out in judgement, we have to remember something of what we have already learned in passing about the Book of Revelation. For example…

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Monday PrayerCast – 18th July 2022

News and Prayer Update – “Billy Goats and Farm Gates...”

It’s 8am on Monday morning the 18th July 2022 and this the weekly look at what’s happening, and a little bit of ethical commentary from a Christian standpoint. 

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And first some good news. The ‘Online Safety Bill’ has been dropped from the House of Commons agenda. Apparently it was because the Labour Party had demanded a vote of no confidence in the government, which denied the bill the time for its first reading. Perhaps so. There was a lot of opposition to the bill, both inside and outside the house, with several MPs and non-governmental organisations flagging up the bill’s restrictions on free speech. Christians especially would have been targeted under the bill, (for example, even the public preaching of Romans chapter one or 1st Corinthians 6 could have been considered ‘harmful’ under the terms of the bill). It is quite possible that the withdrawal of the Online Safety Bill was a response to widespread opposition, and the Labour motion was a convenient excuse for its demise, with the additional benefit of shifting the blame across the chamber. Anyway, it’s gone – for now at least. And we mustn’t rest. This or similar legislation may be resurrected by a future administration. 

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The Cry of the Martyrs. Rev. 6:9

The Cry of the Martyrs

Text: Revelation 6:9 

Revelation is full of symbols. And we interpret those symbols in the light of scripture, and because the genre is Jewish, in the light of OT Scripture. Now it is really important when we come to look at this passage. There are important symbols, and they have an OT background. 

1 The Position of the Martyrs. When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.

There’s an altar, in the OT sense, a structure where animals are bound, and then ritually slaughtered. And below the altar are souls, again a symbol! These souls have been slaughtered, because they are Christians. Let’s think about that:-

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Monday Prayercast, 11th July 2022

News and Prayer Update.

It’s 8am on Monday morning the 11th July 2022 and this is the weekly look at what’s happening, and a little bit of perspective from a Christian standpoint. 

We have to start with the resignation of Alexander (Boris) Johnson, the now former PM of the UK. Johnson  apparently had ambitions as a child to the ‘King of the World.” He has always been an ambitious man, and such unrestrained ambition, always leads to corruption, as the ambitious man tramples over others to appease his own egotistical aspirations. In Johnson, that flaw is evident to all. He has had a checkered career in politics, marked with immorality, infidelity, poor decision making – but mostly his legacy will be as a serial liar. It had come to the point where no-one believed a single word he said. In his final days he was sending government ministers out on media rounds, to defend his integrity, and even as they were speaking, he was changing the narrative, inventing new excuses, and making his own cabinet minister, acting in good faith on what they had received from the PM’s press office, look like liars also. His own people, in his own party and in parliament were tired of all the mendacity and dissembling. He had to go.

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The Four Horsemen

The Four Horsemen

Text: Revelation 6:1-8

You must not think of Revelation as linear history, – history written in advance for us. It is unlikely that’s the case. Revelation is not a history book, it is apocalyptic literature, and it is a series of scenes, overlapping in time, moving in parallel through the church age, and out into eternity to come, each scene revealing to us something more of God’s eternal plan and purpose, and each one ending further ahead in history, until at very end of the book we have the final state, a new heaven and earth. In this lesson we shall watch as the first four of the seals are opened, a passage often referred to as ‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”…

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Evangelical Protestantism

Bob McEvoy in Conversation with

Wallace Thompson

Bob chats with studio guest, Wallace Thompson of the Evangelical Protestant Society about

  • The origins and mission of the EPS,
  • Historical Christianity,
  • Credal Statements
  • Cultural Protestantism in Northern Ireland
  • Protestantism and the Loyal Orders

And Bob asks Wallace the Ten Million Dollar question… “Can a Christian be an Orangeman?” What will he say?

Don’t miss this really special episode.

Goes LIVE on ACAST, SPOTIFY, APPLE PODCASTS, GOOGLE, YouTube etc

on TUESDAY JULY 12th 2022 at 1PM