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Lois Flowers
Lois Flowers
23 days ago

Lesley, thank you for sharing your perspective as a believer in Scotland. I was not aware that there were so few professing believers there … that is so sad. And yet, I’m encouraged to learn that though the church is smaller, it is also stronger in some ways. Praying that God strengthens you as you continue to sprinkle salt and shine your light through your church and community.

Linda Stoll
Linda Stoll
27 days ago

Lesley, hi! You knew I would read this with special interest, friend. My dad would be fascinated and yet saddened by your piece as you described how faith has faded in his home country. And he would pray your closing prayer with you … and thank you for living so faithfully.

I found that his home church from 90 years or so ago is still alive and well and honoring Christ. This has given me greatest joy this evening. I can’t even begin to tell you…
https://hawickbaptist.org.uk/

Nancy Ruegg
Nancy Ruegg
29 days ago

May God bless your efforts, Lesley, until your place of worship overflows! And I pray a personal blessing upon you as you share Christ–joy and passion for the work, wisdom and guidance for the steps to take. AMEN!

Barbara Harper
Barbara Harper
29 days ago

It’s discouraging that church attendance seems to be down. I grew up in a basic Christian culture even though my family was not made up of believers. But as society moves farther away from Biblical truth, the church is going to seem more “odd.” One good thing–that might separate those who are true believers from those who are Christian just from the standpoint of culture, having grown up in it. But I think building relationships and ministering to others as your church is doing goes a long way to reach others and show them we’re not odd after all–at least… Read more »

Laurie
Laurie
29 days ago

The statistics on church attendance in Scotland are astonishing! I had no idea only 7% of the population attends church. It sounds like your church is doing the work of helping to build God’s kingdom here on earth – exactly what a church’s mission ought to be. Good for you for being so involved!

~ linda
~ linda
29 days ago

Lesley, this is such good news even though statistics point to the opposite. God knows and God calls. I thank God for you and those like you in Scotland and around this world. Part of my ancestors were Scottish. They left Scotland in the 1600-1700s due to persecution. They went to Ireland and England and eventually to America. I had a circuit rider preacher in the USA preaching to Presbyterian churches in the mid-west of the USA. His great-grandparents came from Scotland. I thank you for sharing the mottos and history of Scotland. The mottos and the changes to them… Read more »

Lisa notes
Lisa notes
30 days ago

Your church community sounds like it’s fulfilling the true mission of church, Lesley. Thanks for sharing some of the background of the church in Scotland. It’s interesting to me; I know so little about it.

Jerralea Winn Miller
Jerralea Winn Miller
30 days ago

“He has the power to bring new life, even from dry bones.” Amen, may it be so not only for Scotland but for the church in every country. We are living in exciting times!

Fiona
Fiona
30 days ago

Thanks Lesley, I think that is a fair representation of the church in Scotland today?

Michelle
Michelle
30 days ago

Thank you for the lesson today. You made some great points about the younger generation and their views on inclusion. I have experienced this in my church home. The older members are faithful to the doctrine and the younger want to exclude things they feel are no longer applicable in today’s culture. It caused a split in the church. But God is faithful and where two or three are gathered,.. though smaller, churches can still be effective. God’s purpose and plans will go forth. Isaiah 55:10-11 reminds us that God’s word shall not return void, but shall accomplish what He… Read more »

Michele Morin
Michele Morin
30 days ago

May it be.so! May we find that the safe and tepid cultural religion that filled pews for generations is being replaced by an army of soldiers on duty for our Commanding Officer!

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