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"Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure." (1 John 3:2-3)

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A Heart Touched By God

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:41-42

 

“You can count the apples on the tree, but who can count the apples in a seed?” so goes the old saying.  So is it with the influence of a single person.  Take Edward Kimball, for example.   Kimball was a Sunday school teacher who not only prayed for the often-rowdy boys in his class but sought to win each one to the Lord.  If Kimball ever felt like giving up, he never talked about it. 

 

But human nature being what it is, the thought must have come to him more than once.  One young man, in particular, didn’t seem to understand what the Gospel was about, so Kimball went to the shoe store where the lad was stocking shelves and in a back room confronted him with the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

That young man was the evangelist Dwight L. Moody, and on that Saturday, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour.  In his lifetime, Moody touched two continents for God (including Scotland), with untold thousands coming to faith in Jesus Christ. But the story doesn’t end there.  Actually, that’s where it begins.

 

Under Moody, another man’s heart was touched for God, Wilbur Chapman, and Chapman became an evangelist who preached to thousands.  One day a professional ball player had a day off and attended one of Chapman’s meetings, and thus Billy Sunday was converted.  Sunday quit baseball and became part of Chapman’s team.  Then Chapman accepted the pastorate of a large church and Sunday began his own evangelistic crusades.

Are you beginning to understand why you can’t count the apples in a seed?  Under Sunday’s ministry, another young man was converted whose name was Mordecai Ham—a scholarly, dignified gentleman who wasn’t above renting a hearse and parading it through the streets advertising his meetings.

When Ham came to Charlotte, North Carolina, a sandy-haired, lanky young man, then in high school, vowed that he wouldn’t go hear him preach, but “Billy Frank,” as he was called by his family, did eventually go.  Billy Frank—eventually known to the world as Billy Graham—decided to go see what would happen. What happened that night was that Billy Graham went and was intrigued by what he heard.  Returning another night, he responded to the invitation and was converted.

Billy Graham has preached to more people than any other person who ever lived, including the Apostle Paul; and this fascinating chain of events was triggered by a Sunday school teacher’s concern for his boys.

I wonder, are you ever tempted to think that what you are doing doesn’t count?  That nobody pays any attention to you, and that nobody is listening, whether you are a Sunday school teacher, a church elder, or just a Christian doing your best for the church, your family and the community. 

 

The fact is that God doesn’t depend on angels or supernatural beings to spread the Good News.  He uses ordinary people, and when ordinary people are faithful in doing the simple task, God does extraordinary things through them.

Then next time you are tempted to give up, please remember Edward Kimball, whose persistence and faithfulness were tremendously honoured by the Lord.  How different our world might have been, had Edward Kimball not taken his Saturday to seek out young Dwight Moody.  Yes, how different?   You can count the apples on a tree, but only God knows how many apples are in a single seed. Therefore, my dear friend, trust Him, friend. He always honours His word. On that you can be sure.

With every blessing and grace,

Waiting on His return, 

Benjamin

Prayer

Loving God, it’s so easy to get distracted by all the numerous things that are going on in our lives. Sometimes we get caught up in thinking that our lives and what we do for you are insignificant. Remind us that we are Your masterpieces. We can and will accomplish what You have planned for us through Your grace. Help us to influence our families, friends and community for Jesus’ glory, and let us lean into the confidence that doing this aligns our lives to Your plans and purposes. May all we do for you, be for your glory.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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BLAIRGOWRIE PARISH CHURCH
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Audio Visual Upgrade 

A Church fit for purpose, today and tomorrow  

 

During the past two years we have learned how important it is for people to come together and how important it is for us, as a church, to facilitate that coming together wherever and however we can. We also have a mission to spread the Gospel and a    stewardship responsibility for our building.  

 

The new Audio-Visual (AV) system, while expensive to install, will help us to achieve our goals and show ourselves as a forward looking, scripturally driven and community focused church for the future by...   

 

•        Bringing people together with live streaming for the good times and the sad (weddings, funerals) 

•        Spreading the Gospel with live streaming of services 

•        Meeting the needs of our community groups 

•        Providing an income stream to support our church and its buildings. 

 

It is intended that all costs will be covered by fundraising, and not from church funds. No-one will be required to contribute.  

We hope to raise £35,000
so far we have raised
£15,426
Thank you!

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Will you share in our vision?

 Contact: David Howat: david@thehowats.net

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PRAYER DIARY

March and April 2024

Welcome to Blairgowrie Parish Church's website. 

We’re a Christian community in the beautiful Perthshire town of Blairgowrie.

We are a church family of ordinary people who have experienced God’s love in Jesus. We seek to live and teach the Christian faith so that people can understand it and respond to the message it offers.

Whatever your reason for coming here – whether you are in need of help; searching for a church; looking forward to your wedding or baptism; exploring faith or simply planning to visit the area – come and visit us, we'd love to welcome you.

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ABOUT OUR CHURCH
Our Vision

Our vision is of a Bible-based church that is vibrant with prayerful people who worship and serve Jesus Christ and attract others to follow Him.

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