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Are We Lifesavers

On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occur, there was once a crude little lifesaving station. The building was no more than a hut, and there was only one boat; but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea. With no thought for themselves, they went out day and night, tirelessly searching for the lost. Some of those who were saved, and various others in the surrounding area, wanted to be associated with the station and give their time, money, and effort to support the work. New boats were bought and new crews trained. The little lifesaving station grew.

Some of these new members of the lifesaving station were unhappy that the building was so crude and poorly equipped. They felt that a more comfortable place should be provided as the first refuge of those who were saved from the sea. They replaced the emergency cots with beds and put better furniture in the enlarged building. Now the lifesaving station became a popular gathering place for its members, and they decorated it beautifully and furnished it exquisitely because they used it as sort of a club. Fewer members were now interested in going to sea on lifesaving missions, so they hired life-boat crews to do this work. The lifesaving motif still prevailed in this club’s decoration, and there was a memorial lifeboat in the room where the club initiations were held.

About this time a large ship was wrecked off the coast, and the hired crews brought in boatloads of cold, wet, half-drowned people. They were dirty and sick, and some of them were foreigners. The beautiful new club was in chaos. Immediately, the property committee hired someone to rig up a shower house outside the club, where victims of shipwrecks could be cleaned up before coming inside.

At the next meeting, there was a split in the club membership. Most of the members wanted to stop the club’s lifesaving activities because they felt they were unpleasant and a hindrance to the normal social life of the club. A small number of members insisted upon lifesaving as their primary purpose and pointed out that they were still called a lifesaving station. The small group’s members were voted down and told that if they wanted to save lives, they could begin their own lifesaving station down the coast.

They did.

As the years went by, however, the new station experienced the same changes that had occurred in the old station. It evolved into a club, and yet another lifesaving station was founded. History continued to repeat itself, and if you visit that seacoast today, you will find a number of exclusive clubs along that shore.

Shipwrecks are frequent in those waters, but most of the passengers drown.

Our Task

As disciples of Jesus, our primary task is to go and make disciples (See Matthew 28:19). To put it another way, we are to go and save lives. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget our purpose. We need to recover our passion for lifesaving. We must pray to God for opportunities and we must take those opportunities to bear witness to our faith in Jesus Christ. The Alpha course is a great opportunity to invite people to an informal course where people can explore the big questions of the Christian faith. However, we do it, we must keep the main thing, the main thing.

Someone once said:

“The church that does not evangelise will fossilise.”




Bible in a year…

Start your day with the Bible in One Year, a free Bible reading app with commentary by Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. Nicky Gumbel is the Vicar of HTB in London and pioneer of Alpha.

This can be downloaded as an app, (see below) or viewed in the You Version Bible app (download link – on the sidebar)

The download for the app is here – or from the apple store apple ios click here


Joint Baptist Service

On Sunday the 29th October the Baptist churches will gather together for a night of praise.

After making its first appearance at Celtic Connections, Glasgow, we invite you to this exciting new addition: Celtic Worship. Celtic Worship celebrates the rich heritage of Celtic Christianity, featuring Celtic flavoured worship led by some of Scotland’s best musicians:

Steph Macleod – vocals/guitar
Mhairi Marwick – fiddle
Scott Wood – whistle/bagpipes
Chris Amer – electric guitar
Scott Macleod – bass/vocals
Neil Paton – drums

The next generation coordinator of the BUS Ali Laing will be speaking. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cantata 2017 ~

Rehearsals start Sunday 3rd September

Hi friends. Excited for Sunday our 1st practice. Planning to listen through the music together and start teaching “Heart’s Waiting” and “Here we come a carolling”? Don’t worry if you don’t have a CD yet, planning to give them out on Sunday. I know a few of the old faithful singers from cantatas past are bowing out for this year and you will be missed.  Please try and encourage as many people to come along and find out more if you know anyone who you think may enjoy. Especially altos and sops. Great to have new folks already on board. Remind me below who reads music and who just needs words. Picking up the printed scores tomorrow

Dates for the cantata performances will be December   Friday 8th, Sat 9th and Sun 10th Dec

Who is God?

In an ancient village, a parable tells, all the people were blind. One day while walking on the road, six men from that village came upon a man riding an elephant. The six men, who had heard about elephants but had never been close to one, asked the rider to allow them to touch the great beast. They wanted to go back to their village to tell the other villagers what an elephant looked like.

The rider agreed and led each of the six men to a different part of the elephant. All the blind men touched and stroked the elephant until they were certain they knew what the animal looked like.

In great anticipation they returned to their village to report their experience. The villagers gathered around to hear about the elephant. The first man, who had felt the animal’s side, said, “An elephant is like a great thick wall.”

“Nonsense,” said the second man, who had felt the elephant’s tusk. “He is rather short, round, and smooth, but very sharp. I would compare an elephant not with a wall but with a spear!”

The third man, who had touched the ear, took exception. “It is nothing at all like a wall or a spear,” he said. “It is like a gigantic leaf made of thick wool carpet. It moves when you touch it.”

“I disagree,” said the fourth man, who had handled the trunk. “I can tell you that an elephant is like a giant snake.”

The fifth man shouted his disapproval. He had touched one of the elephant’s legs and concluded, “An elephant is round and thick, like a tree.”

The sixth man had been allowed to ride on the elephant’s back, and he protested, “Can none of you accurately describe an elephant? Clearly he is like a gigantic moving mountain!”

To this day, the men continue to argue, and no one in the village has any idea what an elephant looks like.


The Bible describes God in many different ways because He is experienced in many different ways. He is the Creator of the Universe, but He is also the faithful friend. He is the righteous judge, but He is also the forgiving Father. For us to understand God, or for us to understand the Bible, we must carefully study the Word of God in its entirety. Whenever we perceive only one view of God, or one view of the truth, we are likely to be misled.

One of the reasons that so many people still don’t understand the Gospel is because Christians can’t agree on what it is. As Christians, we must strive to find the common ground between us and to present a united front to the world. Jesus prayed that all of us may be one: “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23b).



The PG workshop…

Parental Guidance


Phones, Filters and digital devices

LBC are hosting The Naked Truth Project


Saturday 23rd September – 7.30pm

The evening will be very informal and is an opportunity for us to be better resourced when faced with the growing issue of pornography in society.  It is quite a coup to have Ian Henderson from The Naked Truth Project with us in Lossiemouth.

We are hosting the evening to try and give parents / leaders the tools and resources to deal with the difficult questions.  We are keen for each family to be represented by at least one parent or carer.

For more details see the PG Website – Here…

Being Disciples of Christ

To be a disciple of Jesus Christ means a total commitment to our Lord. And commitment to the Lord always means commitment to his Church. I read a quote, this month, from the Word for Today that emphasises this point.

“Your God-given potential will never be realised until you commit wholeheartedly to a local fellowship and invest yourself in serving God’s vision for that Church.”

There is a great story told by Kierkegaard that illustrates this truth:

There was a congenial man who led the fire brigade in a local town. Everyone thought of the fire chief as a gentleman of the highest order. Children loved to visit the firehouse and look at the fire engines. Everyone loved the Fire Chief.

But one day there was a fire! The fire chief rounded up his brigade, and they rushed to the building that had flames pouring from its windows. Much to his surprise, the fire chief couldn’t get to the fire because between him and the burning building were several hundred townspeople. Each of them was holding a water pistol, and from time to time the people would smile at one another and squirt their pistols at the raging inferno.

“What does the fire chief say?”

The fire chief yells, “What are you doing here? Why do you have water pistols? What are you trying to accomplish?”

The spokesman for the group answers, “We’ve all gathered here to support your efforts, sir! We all believe in the good work you do in this community, and each of us has come to make a humble contribution.” With that the people in the crowd smile at each other, aim their water pistols at the fire, squeeze the triggers, and squirt some water at the flames.

“We all could be doing more,” says the spokesman (Squirt! Squirt). Couldn’t we, folks? (Squirt, Squirt). But, the little that each contribute we gladly give, just to show that we are with you.” (Squirt,Squirt)

How does the fire chief respond? The fire chief says, “Get out of here! Fires like this are not for well-meaning people who want to make limited contributions! Such situations demand fireman who are ready to risk their lives in putting out the flames!”

Kierkegaard makes the point that going to Church and making our small contributions to the work of ministry from time to time might be nice, but so much more required of us if we are to be truly committed disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I was reading the roles and responsibilities that every member of LBC commits to:

  • Christian fellowship – All members are expected to attend at services, small groups etc.
  • Christian giving – All members are expected to tithe.
  • Christian service – All members are expected to engage in some form of Christian service.
  • Christian witness – All members are expected to bear witness for Christ.
  • Christian business – All members are expected to attend business meetings.

As pastor of LBC I am so thankful to God for the many disciples of Jesus who are totally committed to the local Church that God has called us to. May we strive to always seek to work for the glory of Christ and His bride.

May God bless you over the summer break.


Easter People

There is one song that we regularly sing which encapsulates from me what Easter is all about. The song is “In Christ Alone My Hope is Found.”
As Augustine said: “We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song.”
Easter tells us that we are a people of hope and that whatever we face in life everything will be all right in the end.
This Easter I want to share with you some thoughts from Martin Hodson, one of Core leaders of the Baptist Union of Scotland:
Everything Will Be All Right In The End
Many times I’ve been watching a film and the characters seem to be lurching from crisis to crisis. But in the back of my mind I know everything is going to be all right in the end. The problems will finally be resolved, there will be a twist in the tale or a turn of events that brings the plot to a satisfactory, even joyful, conclusion.
It can sound simplistic to say to a friend in a crisis, ‘Don’t worry, everything will be all right in the end,’ because often that’s not what happens. In life things can go from bad to worse with signs of hope nowhere to be found.
Well, almost nowhere. The events of Easter, culminating in the Resurrection of Jesus, give us eternal hope. Jesus entered the depths of human experience, crucified, dead and buried. This appeared to be the end…and everything was not all right. But on the third day God raised Jesus to life, inaugurating the new creation in which all death will be defeated and we will rise to share in the renewal of all things. That will mark the end of history and everything will be definitely and finally all right.
Right now we are well aware that things are not all as they should be; it’s like the world is groaning in expectation of something better to come. Easter is the breakthrough moment when the hope of glory breaks into the sorrow of the present. The Resurrection of Jesus promises us that ultimately he will ‘transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body’ (Phil. 3.20). So for now, if everything in your life is not all right it means one simple thing: it is not yet the end.
The Alpha Course has now
reached its conclusion. I would
like to express my sincere thanks
to all who contributed in any way
to the successful running of this
year’s Alpha Course.
It is not yet the end!

Refuse to Settle

Are you pressing “on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called [you]” (Philippians 3:14 NIV 2011 Edition), or have you “settled” along the way? God made a pact with Abraham – one that continues to influence the modern world. A lesser known fact is that years earlier, Abraham’s father, Terah, “set out … to go to Canaan”, the land of abundance where God later called Abraham. But Terah never made it: “When they came to Haran, they settled there.” No question, it couldn’t have been easy travelling hundreds of miles across rough terrain with flocks, herds, children and servants. Can you imagine the sheer logistics? Remember there were no professional movers to pack and load your stuff! Finally Terah decided they couldn’t go any further, so they settled where they were comfortable.
One pastor adds: I wonder how many times we do the same thing? We have a big dream … to excel in our careers … as parents … and in our walk with God. We get started but things get difficult and achieving our goal doesn’t happen as quickly as we hoped. Perhaps similar to Abraham’s father we say “Let’s just settle here. It’s not really what we wanted but it’s good enough.”
Don’t fall into that trap. You were made for more than “good enough” … Don’t settle for a little love and joy, a bit of peace and contentment, or a small helping of happiness. … Pull up the stakes, pack your tents, get your belongings and start moving forward. Enlarge your vision. You may have had a delay but … you can begin again.
Copyright UCB Word for Today (19 January 2017)