Day 3 Operation Trip

Broken sleep, but that is par for me. I find the meals here come too fast and too big, especially as you are expending little energy! Highlight of the day so far was the painful visit of the physios to fit my long leg brace in which my right leg will be imprisoned for three weeks dead straight and then another three with some bend allowed. Still waiting for crutches. Made sure airline were prompted but train to airport could be fraught!

Up on crutches-thank God for strong arms. Up to sit out of bed. Stairs tomorrow and leave here for hotel. Care has been superb.

Day 2 Operation trip

Having overshot Warrington and left my cosy hat on the train, I hoped that was the end of my minor mishaps. One of the best meals of my life, the best beds I’ve ever slept in, and the best showers I’ve ever taken, followed. Stretton is definitely part of England’s “green and pleasant land”, lovely walks round about, nice brick houses and old churches, inns and pubs.

Here’s the hospital frontage and a look inside the operating theatre at an arthroscopy of the knee, one of the procedures I’ll be undergoing.

Back in ward bed after op. Awaiting feedback. Not much pain PTL.

X-Ray after operation.

Osteotomy x-rays

Day 1 Operation trip

Flybe plane, made by Bombardier, Belfast.

Made it to Premier Inn, Stretton, South Warrington, Cheshire just a few hundred metres from Spire Hospital where the operation is scheduled for tomorrow (sign in 11am). Foolishly stayed on train too long and overshot destination and needed to retrace steps. Had a fantastic last meal at the Cat and Lion pub, next the hotel consisting 8oz rump steak, chips, peas and mushrooms followed by cookie dough cheesecake, ice cream and chocolate sauce, then a cappuccino-all for under £15. Haven’t had such in years! I commit myself to God’s care and secondarily the surgeon’s care. Good night.

Passover (9)

Sung Psalm 42:1-5 (note verse 4b true of Christ)

Reading John 2:13-3:2 (Christ’s first of three attendances at Passover)

Additional to last week’s O.T.  references Daniel 10:1-4 when Daniel prays and partially fasts took place during three weeks that included Passover.

Passover in N.T. Points to note:

1.       Passover was the most important feast to the Jews, and that included dispersed Jews and proselytes (Gentiles).

2.       Best attended (John 11:55, Luke 2:41 and Acts 2).

3.       Hard to find a place to keep the feast (Christ had pre-booked!)

4.       Opportunity to “fleece” people-moneychangers and animals for sale (Matt.21:12)

5.       Opportunity for Christ (and priests) to teach (Luke 2:46, John 3:3, Matthew 22-24).

6.       Degrees of holiness (John 11:55, 18:28, 19:31).

7.       Singing (Psalm 114-118, Mark 14:26).


Practical Christian Love

Christian love

Christian Marriage ought to be the prime example of Christian love.

I find so many writers don’t really define what love is. If we want to exhort people to love we need to clarify just how they do that. The qualities of it are all in I Corinthians chapter 13, but what I have grasped over the years are these characteristics:
1. Love is outgoing, away from self to others in all situations. It is looking not on one’s own things/concerns but that of others (Phil.2:3,4-vital in conversation and fellowship).
2. Love serves others and takes the lower station if need be to help practically. Like Paul gathered sticks in Malta, Christ washed disciples feet. It is sacrificial of time and energy and money. Christ so loved that he came down to the lowest depths (Phil.2:5-9).
3. Love wants the best for the other and wants to bless them. That may mean a rebuke but is often encouragement from Scripture or experience. It builds up/edifies.
4. Love aims at God’s glory not self-glory.
5. Love is lifelong.

I hope this is a help and practical.

Reformed Christian thinking.


…if we turn now to the unfolding of the excellence of Reformed doctrine, let us take note of the principle of the Reformed faith, which is to exalt and to glorify God to the very highest, and to humble man to the deepest depths. We see then immediately a most noteworthy difference from all other teachings outside the Reformed faith, since they all, no matter how in principle they may differ, agree in this one point: they seek the ability to draw near to God from a power in themselves, while the Reformed faith supposes as a principle an immediate work of God in man for him to come to God. Because of this, it is also true that all who cleave to doctrinal teachings outside of the Reformed faith, including those who only in name are affiliated with the Reformed system, discover that they are compatible, and having a similar outlook, they can unite; but they always are opposed to the true confessors of the Reformed worship of God, because Reformed believers start from a principle that diametrically contradict theirs.
And now proceeding from this eternal principle of God, the true member of the Reformed church confesses an eternal, triune, covenant God as the one principle of his salvation. He confesses that the triune God through mutual consultation, in eternity past, without beginning, has determined the salvation of everyone who will be called in time. He confesses that it is the Holy Spirit, through the application of the elective grace of the Father and the Son’s blood of reconciliation, who brings that salvation to his heart. The person called of the Lord senses that he has been translated into a new life through the powerful and irresistible working of that Spirit. Having been transported into the new life in that faith, he by that faith receives the assurance of this salvation and realizes that in fact he has been purchased by the Lord Jesus Christ and belongs to Him.
He confesses that he has received peace with God through God’s work in him, that he may now worship God the Father as his Father, because he is covered by the surety-righteousness of his Redeemer, Jesus Christ. He confesses that, as a consequence of this abounding grace, he senses a strong inclination to glorify God continually through His law and His commandments, so that it is his desire to honor God above everything and to love his neighbor. He now feels that he is God’s workmanship in Christ Jesus unto good works, which were ordained for Him so that he may walk therein. Since he feels that the principle of his blessed hope is not in him or in anything from him, but is wholly derived from a power of God in him, he confesses especially that he has, according to the scriptures, an assurance of his salvation in Christ Jesus, because of which he, like Job, may say, I know that my Redeemer liveth (Job 19:25).
However, since God is his teacher who instructs him in true doctrine, and since he discovers nothing for his salvation in himself that is not of God, he discerns clearly that the doctrine in which he awaits his full salvation by God is the fundamental principle of the knowledge that will be revealed to him in eternity, that he may truly know God the Father in Jesus Christ whom He has sent. This causes him to be assured that the doctrine that is from God and returns to God and that he confesses by God’s grace is the one doctrine of God’s good pleasure.
It is superfluous to present more support for the excellence of Reformed doctrine, far above other teachings that are foreign to it, since it is sufficient to demonstrate its godly principle and to regard all competitors as having no value whatsoever. If we compare the doctrine the spirit of this age has produced with the Reformed doctrine as I have explained it, then it will not be difficult to apply to those who oppose this faith the saying of the Lord Jesus Christ concerning the doctrine of the scribes and Pharisees in His day: You are from below, earthly, while of the Reformed faith it can be said, You are from above out of heaven (John 8:23).
If we examine the development of these two diametricaly opposing principles, what do we see? That by the one, having been puffed up with the idea of his own worth, man is urged along in his sinful existence and all his actions necessarily are marked by this pride, while the behavior of him who is ruled by a godly principle is inclined toward the honor of God’s name and is always directed toward a sanctified purpose. If we proceed further and investigate how these two completely opposing principles exercise a powerful influence upon a whole nation, so that from the one nothing but the turmoil of the evil inclinations of man must be manifested and, no matter how covered up and hidden from view, the proud heart of man becomes the motivator of all its deeds, while the other principle, always leading to God and His commandments, works a quiet and peaceful existence of heart and spontaneously provides to everything the essence of what is just, holy, honorable, and fitting- having made that examination, it should not be too difficult to see how we have fallen away from our fathers and have become estranged from their virtues and values.

Marvin Kamps
1834: Hendrik De Cock’s Return to the True Church, pp. 88-91



Irish Provincial Rowing Championships (Report)

Very cold day with ice. Got to UL early (8am) after a poor sleep.

Weighed 9am (74.5Kg) PTL.

First race 1000m 0959 no one my age, pulled harder than Glasgow 3.35.1.

Watched racing*, went for walk by Shannon.*

Re-weighed 1330 same weight. Race* 500m 3.08pm. Got Christian Leonard to encourage beside me. Pulled hard but 1.35.1.

Presentations soon after events, Nice medals and T shirt.*

Chris O’Connor and I M60+ 500m

Home by walking along Shannon by 5pm. Helped make supper for Rev. McGeown.


” You are what you eat!” is a relatively new saying with some truth in it, although I could name Olympic athletic medalists who loved “junk food.” Overweight is most often caused by overeating and/or under-exercising because if your food (calorie) intake exceeds your energy output then the excess will usually be laid down as fat. Belly fat is the most dangerous and probably the most common in middle-aged and elderly men. I am sure you are aware of the diseases associated with obesity. You should know what your ideal weight is. Overeating and gluttony are hard to differentiate. The Biblical truth is that  sowing to the flesh reaps corruption (i.e. degradation of the body in some respect) usually putting on fat.

Click on image to enlarge.

A BMI (Body Mass Index) is your weight in Kg divided by your height in metres squared. So mine is 75/1.75 squared=25. BMI of under 25 is fine, 35 is grossly obese. It is good stewardship of your body as a Christian to be a healthy weight.


If you are overweight you need to exercise more daily by aerobic (heavy-breathing exercise like walking fast, jogging, cycling or swimming) and simultaneously to cut down on heavy meals containing chips, buns, pies or cakes and eat more vegetables and salads. Leave the table with some room left inside and drink a beverage and have a small biscuit or drink water in between meals if peckish-the weight will soon come off.

I have to be 75Kg or less to qualify as a lightweight rower and I’m glad to report that I am presently 74.2Kg or 11 stone 9 1/2lbs, the lightest I can ever remember! A month ago I was 80Kg.

Irish Provincial Indoor Rowing Championships (preview)

This Saturday (D.V.) I compete in the 1000m and 500m sprint in the unofficial  autumn Irish championships at University of Limerick, combining the competition with a visit to the Limerick Reformed Fellowship and enjoying the hospitality of Pastor McGeown.


Where is Limerick?

University Sports Complex

In action 2016

Big screen



Last year’s sprint medallists M60 500m.