EMF – Xavi Pérez Patiño – Wednesday 3 June 2020

Come and join us to hear a special report from Phil Dunn of European Missionary Fellowship, who will introduce our guest Xavi Pérez Patiño from Spain joining us on Zoom on Wednesday at 8pm, our usual prayer time slot. You can join us at the meeting either by Zoom on your smartphone, PC, tablet, or by phoning in on the UK number provided in the link.

Please make an effort to attend and support our brother as he shares with us the work he is involved in.

Sunday 31 May 2020

Join with us again this Lord’s Day as we meet for praise and the word of God. The message will be available from 11:30am by clicking this link below, or the same link on Facebook, or by finding our knockbrackencc channel on YouTube. Be sure to hit the ‘like’ button if you’ve been blessed by God’s word, and subscribe to the channel.

Sunday 24 May 2020

Join with us as a fellowship as we worship together and hear the word of God this Lord’s Day at 11:30. The message is available from 11:30 and then at any time after that through the link below, or on the church YouTube channel, just search for ‘Knockbrackencc.’ Hopefully we’re counting down the days when we can be together again in our church building once again to be a beacon of light and truth in the community and surrounding district. God bless you this morning as you worship the name of God in whatever you are doing.

Cornhill Summer School 8-12 June 2020

Above are details of the annual Cornhill Belfast summer school, which is planned for 8th to 12th June this year. In the current climate it remains very uncertain as to whether we will be able to meet in Kirkpatrick Memorial Presbyterian, but we do still intend to proceed with the summer school week. We may operate a slightly adjusted timetable, but we hope we will still be able to give a flavour of the Cornhill Training Course, by allowing people to access the week’s lectures via Zoom. 


In the event that we run the summer school, using Zoom, the full rate of £50 will not be charged, and so at this stage we are asking people simply to register and we will collect payment at a later date. The application form for the summer school can be found on the Cornhill Belfast website at https://www.cornhillbelfast.org/pages/summerschooland can be returned by email to info@cornhillbelfast.org or by post to Rev Moore Casement at 66 Kings Road, Belfast. 

Folks, if you know of anyone who might benefit from this exposure to good solid biblical training at a very reasonable cost, please pass it on. It is still not too late to sign up. Here is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the best theological teachers available. I have done some training with Cornhill Belfast, and can vouch for their orthodoxy, their integrity and their God centred approach to learning about Him. Any questions, I’d be happy to answer them as best I can, or contact Rev. Casement direct.

Sunday 17 May 2020

We meet around the word of God again this Lord’s Day morning at 11:30. Why not join us by tuning in to our YouTube account via the link below? Be sure to like the video and subscribe and click on the bell icon if you want to stay in touch with us in this way. We’ll be jumping into John 7 this Sunday.

Remember, if you’re having any difficulty getting tuned into the messages, please reach out and we’ll do our best to get you sorted out.

Incidentally, we had another great Wednesday evening prayer time this week. It’s hosted on Zoom and is really easily accessed, either via the link sent out on WhatsApp, or by dialling in on the phone. Why not give it a try?

Wednesday night is Prayer time

We meet on Zoom again tomorrow night at 8 to catch up with each other and pray for the church and for the kingdom of God. Why not give it a try? No pressure to take part, you’ll be encouraging us with your presence, and you’ll be blessed by the prayers of the people of God.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Mat 7:7-8 (ESV)

Bible Metaphors – 3

So, as well as a secure base (Bible Metaphors), we said we need a safe haven (Bible Metaphors 2). The Lord is our safe haven as we are reminded in the psalms above.

In the Old Testament, the establishment of the Cities of Refuge originated during the territorial distribution of the Promised Land of Canaan amongst the 12 tribes of Israel. There were 6 cities and they were named and known by all. To run into them was to be saved. This is the picture set for us in these psalms. The Lord is aligning himself with this picture of refuge, strong enough to offer security to any one who enters. The Cities of Refuge can be viewed as a foreshadow of God’s plan for our salvation through Jesus Christ.

Through the shedding of His blood, Jesus offers us protection from eternal death and separation from God if we confess our sins and take refuge in Him (Hebrews 6:18). He is our High Priest who acquits us from the condemnation of the law (Psalm 34:22).

Phyllis Coulter

Sunday 10 May 2020

We meet around the word of God again this Lord’s Day morning at 11:30. Why not join us by tuning in to our YouTube account via the link below? Be sure to like the video and subscribe if you want to stay in touch with us in this way. We’ll be looking at the remaining portion of John 6 on Sunday.

Again, if you need any help finding the message, please get in touch by phone, WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook or email.

God bless you.

Wednesday night, it’s Prayer time!

Don’t forget that tonight we meet for a time of fellowship and prayer. We are using Zoom for our meetings, and this is available to you even if you don’t have broadband in the house. It is now possible to phone a UK number, give the password and be admitted to the meeting so you can hear all that is going on. If you would like to give that a try, please give me a ring and we’ll do our best to get you sorted.

See you at 8pm!

Our Daily Bread – update

Folks, by way of an update on the quarterly devotionals that many of you receive through the church, we have been informed that the summer quarter booklet will not be available due to restrictions in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Individual copies may be available through the website, and the bulk order will still be paid for by the church.

The website has access to lots of resources, including the readings for each day, and if you can access it on your phone, then the Our Daily Bread app is available to download from wherever you normally get your apps. You can even have the readings delivered via email each day.

Again, let me know if there is any way I can help you.

Our Daily Bread website: https://odb.org/

Sunday 3 May 2020

Please join us on our YouTube channel or via the link below for our morning service. Today we continue in our series of messages from John’s gospel, this time from John 6:22-40. If you experience difficulty accessing the service, please get in touch with Calvin and he’ll try and help get you sorted.

If you’d like to subscribe to the church YouTube Channel so you never miss any content, please click on the button on the left of the page.

Sunday 26 April 2020

Join with us this morning as we reach the account of Jesus in the storm from John 6:15-21. Feel free to share the link to friends and family or anyone you feel might love to hear from God’s word. The link will be live from 11:30am Sunday 26 April and then available at any time from then on. Be sure to like the video by clicking on the little thumbs up symbol below the video if you’ve enjoyed the service.

Please get in touch if you need help with access.

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1Thes 5:11(ESV)

For the last number of weeks, we have been meeting for prayer via Zoom. This is an opportunity to meet together and encourage one another, but most important, it is a great privilege to gather to seek the face of the Lord in prayer. If you would like to join in, we’d be really thrilled for you to meet with us, we’re here each Wednesday at 8pm, why not take the plunge?

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 5:16 (ESV)

If you need help with getting connected, please get in touch with Calvin or any of the deacons, we’ll be glad to assist.

Bible Metaphors – 2

SECURITY

Humans are born wired for connection – it’s in our DNA, as strong a need as food, water and warmth. And if you look at a newborn baby, that makes sense. Unless babies successfully attach to their mother, they won’t be able to survive – human infants are born completely helpless, so we are entirely reliant on our caregivers. A loving, secure relationship is literally a matter of life and death for babies.

We all need:

  1. A Secure Base – The attachment figure acts as a base of security from which the child can explore the surrounding environment.
  2. A Safe Haven – Returning to the attachment figure for comfort and safety in the face of a fear or threat.

God is our ultimate secure base and the perfect attachment figure for life long connection, identity and security God reaches out to man to bring stability, consistency – an anchor for the storms of life.

The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 
The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 
Psalm 118:6-7

Phyllis Coulter

Sunday 19 April 2020

Join our service online at 11:30 by following the link below, or by going to our YouTube channel. This Sunday we pick up where we left off before Easter in our studies in John’s gospel. We’re in chapter 6 today. May God bless you as your read his word with us. Please get in touch through the email on our contact page if you need to talk with someone, or need any help.

Meeting for prayer

Last Wednesday, a group of us met on Zoom for a time of prayer – it was great to see faces again, and for a little while enjoy each other’s company and to speak to God on behalf of the church and family members. It would be great to see more faces this week, so why not give the technology a try. Just click on the link in time for 8pm on Wednesday, and we’ll see you there.

Calvin Coulter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Calvin Coulter’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Apr 15, 2020 08:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 719 475 654
Password: 007512

Easter Sunday 2020

Welcome to Knockbracken Congregational for the Easter Sunday online message. We hope you have 21 minutes to spare to hear from the Word of God at 11:30 or any time after that, available through the link below, or via the ‘knockbrackencc Belfast’ YouTube channel.

We had a great time of fellowship and prayer last Wednesday at 8pm via Zoom video conferencing. If you would like to join us, please use the link in the post that will appear here tomorrow afternoon, or message me for details on how to join in. Trust me, it’s not complicated, and there will be no pressure on anyone to take part. It’s just good to meet up and seek the face of God in prayer for our church, our NHS service, our leaders and our country at this difficult time. Go ahead and join us!

Click the following link at 11:30am Sunday morning, or any time after that for the Sunday service.

You also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead

Romans 7:4

Good Friday

We’ll have a short bible message for Good Friday going out at 7pm, and then available any time after that. Please pass the word on to anyone who might benefit from hearing the word of God at this time. Access the message via the link below, or through the church channel on YouTube.

Don’t forget too, that there will be a message for Easter Sunday available at 11:30am Sunday morning. We’ll post a link here.

God bless you.

How are your stress levels?

The Neuroscience of Stress

Stress affects everyone. In fact, one out of one of us will experience some form of stress and anxiety in our lifetime. I think stress can be summarised like this:

S spikes (that)

T take

R reality

E ever

S so

S swiftly

Consider a seismometer measuring vibrations in the earth; a spike occurs when there is a tremor or earthquake. The spikes we are talking about are sharp rises in our adrenaline and cortisol production that occur when we feel threatened or fearful of something. When these spikes occur, one part of our brain (our thinking brain) closes down and another part of our brain (our emotional brain) is left in charge. Our emotional brain thinks in extremes, in black and whites and so we lose perspective. So we become stressed because we are no longer responding to a situation thoughtfully, but emotionally! This is when we begin to feel like we are juggling too much, or simply dangling by a thread.

So what can we do when these spikes happen? I suggest we need to choose a different inner narrative. Instead of looking at everything at once and feeling overwhelmed or incapable, tell yourself to deal with things one at a time. You can even visualise it by placing each problem, issue or situation that is causing you to feel stressed into a box, and then deal with each thing in order, only opening one box at a time, giving you time and clarity to deal with the issues as you go.

There are some very simple, practical steps you can take which reduce the feeling of stress. Though none of these things remove the cause “spikes” or causes of stress, they will help you to cope better when they happen.

  • Eat better – we know how important it is to eat well for our bodies, but it’s also important for our minds. Less sugary snacks and more fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Drink better – less caffeine, more water! Drink 1.6 – 2 litres of water a day.
  • Sleep better – try to get an average of 7-9 hours per night.
  • Breathe better – learn to breathe slowly and steadily. Take time to practise breathing exercises and get more oxygen into your body.

For Christians, are there any examples of people in the Bible who had to deal with stress? Let’s consider the situations of two men – Job and Elijah.

  • Job: Having lost everything and feeling worse through the poor counsel of friends, Job cries out to God, and for three chapters (38-41), God then details what He is capable of! He is above all things and nothing is beyond his power.
    • “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?” (Job 38:41)
  • Elijah: a man who’s life was in mortal danger, is fleeing from an army sent to kill him and at this time, lies down and prays for death. Instead God provides him with rest and orders him to eat, so that he can face the challenges ahead.
    •  “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” (1 Kings 19:7)

To one, God instructs him to take his eyes off their immediate situation and consider who God is and what he is capable of. To the other, God responds practically with food. This is the God who cares for us; one who calls us to look at things from His eternal perspective but also is there to provide for us in the day to day. Have you ever considered some of the ways God is described in the Bible? The Psalms are full of them: a shield (Psalm 3), a shepherd (Psalm 23), a rock and fortress (Psalm 18). Any one of these metaphors reminds us of God’s might but also His protection and provision. We constantly need reminded that we are indeed His treasured possession (Malachi 3:17)! By getting a grip on these truths, we can get a better perspective on the things that make us stressed, and we can learn to rely less on ourselves, and more on the God who cares and provides.

Article by Phyllis Coulter.