It looks like churches in Northern Ireland are finally going to be allowed to open for worship from Monday, June 29th. At present, churches can open for individuals to come to for private prayer. Not too sure what the point of that is, seeing we can pray anywhere at anytime though for some it may give them the opportunity to ask someone for help and spiritual guidance, I guess.
Not too sure what the regulations regarding opening up churches are just yet. But it is a step nearer getting back to some sort of normality.
I will keep you posted.
So, I’m like many thousands across the country having to self-isolate. It means my wife and daughter also have to self-isolate. In the midst of all the stuff that is going on, the good news is the Eurovision Song Contest has been cancelled. That should cheer you up a bit.
I don’t know which browser you prefer to use when you use the internet, there are so many to choose from. I’ve enjoyed using Chrome for a number of years but recently it seemed to have some issues eg. slow to load up and slow to load new pages. So I decided to move to the new Microsoft Edge and so far I am impressed. Time will tell though.
Not sure if you know there are things called ‘extensions’ which you can add to your browser if it is Chrome or based on Chrome. You get them here. There are plenty of videos on YouTube telling you about the ’10 Best Extensions For Chrome’ and such like. I don’t intend to re-invent the wheel but would point you to this video by a chap called TechGumbo which contains some good extensions. The one in the video I like particularly is called Midnight Lizard, which enables you to change the colour of your browser screen colour so it is easier on the eye.
This morning it was a delight to have Tom and Mabel Shaw with us. Tom preached on ‘ The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD upholds his hand’ [Psalms 37:23-24 ESV]. Tom used the illustration of a man who lived in South Africa and somehow he had never seen his brother who lived in England. He made arrangements with his brother to sail to England to see him. When the boat pulled up in the docks, the man looked over the side to see if he could see anyone who might be his brother. He didn’t see anyone, but noticed a man walking away from the boat. ‘That’s my brother’ he said, pointing to the man walking away. ‘How do you know?’ he was asked. ‘He walks like my father’ he said. People should know we are believers because we walk like our heavenly Father in godliness.
Sad news that FlyBe have gone into administration over night. Some folks living under the runway of Belfast City Airport will no doubt enjoy the quieter time. FlyBe took up 80% of the traffic in and out of the airport.
I have traveled with the company on numerous occasions and enjoyed more leg room and leather seats on their older planes.
Hopefully it will not be long until another company is found to replace their flights and from the article on the BBC it seems there is plenty of interest.
Sorting out the Newsletter for the Church this month and realised we have a Coffee Afternoon coming up in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind [NI]. I knew it was coming up as I received a pack from them to help promote the event. So, if you are free on Saturday 21st March between 2-4pm, why not come along to Connsbrook Ave Congregational Church, Belfast.
Big game for the Hatters today. Home to Stoke City who are 5 points clear of us. Again, it would be good if some clubs did us a favour and beat teams who are just above us. So, hopefully West Brom, Reading and Notts Forest [on Monday] win.
Edit: before I clicked to post this Stoke have scored.
Edit again: Well, we managed a draw with a late penalty, having had a goal disallowed for offside. West Brom let us down by losing at home to Wigan. Reading did what I asked and we’ll see how Forest do on Monday.
Well, things didn’t quite go to plan last night. Stoke drew, Wigan won at Reading but Middlesbrough lost at home to Leeds. Only 6 points cover the bottom 7 teams and there are 33 points up for grabs, so it is not over yet.
Good result for the Hatters last night, beating Brentford 2-1 at Kenilworth Road. That is 3 wins out of the last 4 games and lifts us off the bottom of the table. Hopefully, Blackburn, Leeds and Reading will win tonight and keep the teams just above us in touching distance.
“The purpose of our preaching is not only to educate and inform but to see people repenting, believing and being transformed by the power of God. Ours is not simply to fill the pulpit or the preaching programme, but to point the unconverted to Jesus.”