Fitness basics

Getting and staying fit is fundamental to physical, mental and even spiritual health. For the Christian it is wise stewardship of his/her body. Whatever level of health you possess you can always improve it. Exercise, like Bible reading or prayer, needs to be part of our daily routine. A combination of aerobic and resistance training is best. Most sports and games combine the two e.g. badminton, tennis, squash, walking, football etc


Type of training Cardio Resistance
Aerobic Weights/resistance
Effects Increases heart rate
Increases breathing
Improves Stamina/endurance Strength
Burns calories
Best for weight loss Builds muscle




The Spirit’s Means of Grace

The primary* means of grace in the church that give us faith, sustains faith and strengthens faith is the preaching of the word of God by a man lawfully called, faithfully proclaiming the true Gospel, the word of God, supported by the sacraments properly administered. Both preaching and sacraments point to Jesus  Christ and it is he who speaks and signifies to us through them by his Holy Spirit.

*Prayer, Bible reading, study and memorisation, godly fellowship and faithful witness are secondary means.


Joshua Engelsma, Doon PR Church


Now two weeks post-op and clips out…

Still having to wear a splint most of the time to keep knee straight, bending starts next week for 3 weeks. Physio exercises started. Ought to be walking by early/mid January and hoping I’ll be able to cycle and row again on gym machines thereafter. Still aches a bit but it is just like a broken bone healing. OSTEOTOMY-An osteotomy is a surgical operation whereby a bone is cut to shorten or lengthen it or to change its alignment.

wear on outside….wedge taken out…plate inserted.

Please Lord may it be successful!

Feast of Tabernacles

Sung Psalm 29:1-6 (apparently sung at this feast)
Reading Leviticus 23:34-44
Other readings Ex.23:16, Ex.34:22, Num. 29:12-40. Note progressive revelation.
Date/duration: 7th month (Tishri) 15th-22nd around our Sept/Oct.
Names: Feast of booths. Ingathering. Jewish Sukkot.
Nature: Redemptive (remembering 40 years in wilderness in tents)
Agricultural (ingathering and thanks for harvest). A joyous feast.

Excellent message

Notes from message:


  • Remembering-temporary, makeshift shelters made from ornamental trees, God’s provision (manna and water) and protection, preventing them becoming too content.
  • Rejoicing-in the fulfilled rest in Christ, going up to Jerusalem, Philippians 4:4, covenant (7th feast, 7th month, 7th day-7 bullocks).
  • Anticipating-final fulfilment in new heavens and earth when God dwells with man.

War of Words (12)

War of Words

Chapter 12

Winning the War of Words

“Our words are the principal tool God uses in the work he does through us.”

Hence the need to choose when or when not to speak (or write) and to choose our words carefully.

We must refuse to let our words be governed by passion or personal desire.

If our conscience pricks us we should apologise to the one offended even if it is just to admit to a sinful attitude. It is also often helpful to others if we humbly confess our need and personal struggles.

The purpose of all human relationships, especially in the church, is to rescue people ensnared by sin, reconcile people to God and restore them to the image of Christ. This alongside edifying them and seeking unity.

The key considerations in winning the war are:

  • Recognising the destructive power of words
  • Affirming our freedom in Christ
  • Saying no to the sinful nature
  • Speaking to serve others in love
  • Talking in the Spirit
  • Goal to restore

We shared about our personal battlegrounds which are usually are in the family with anger and irritation being the principle sins. Sadly our words may fall on deaf ears but we have done our duty if we have confronted the sin (as Isaiah 6:9,10).

We referred to recent article in saltshakers, “Speaking the truth in love and boldness” by Jonathan Langerack which emphasised that loving the truth (The word/Gospel) is loving God and which will necessarily mean our speech loves our neighbour but also our need to respectfully and clearly confront them (Lev.19:17) as Paul did in I Corinthians and Galatians.


Next BS (DV) December 30th 8pm last chapter of War of Words ” Choosing our words.”

Next year (DV) we start study guide on Acts by Mark Hoeksema (RFPA)

Speaking the Truth in Love and Boldness

Jonathan Langerack Jr

First class article on what it means to speak the truth in love and boldness.

Salt Shakers

Ephesians 4:14, 15: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

The voices of the reformers whom God used in the sixteenth-century Reformation of the church call down the centuries to Reformed churches today to speak the truth of God’s Word with love and boldness. First among these voices is the thunder of the man whom God used to begin the Reformation on October 31, 1517: Martin Luther. The truth of God’s Word that Luther recovered for the church is summarized in what we as Reformed people know and call the “five solas of the Reformation” or of the Reformed (biblical) faith: salvation…

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Passover (10) Conclusion


Sung Psalm 34:14-20

Read John 6:11-15 (v4 Passover)

Four types of bread mentioned or alluded to  in this chapter:

  1. Unleavened bread (Passover).
  2. Barley bread (leavened)-eaten and left over (v9)
  3. Manna -bread from heaven (v32.
  4. Bread of life-Christ (v51).

Christ was present at three Passovers:

  1. John 2:13
  2. John 6:4

Between these we have Tabernacles (7:1) and dedication (10:22).

  1. John 11:55
  2. John 13

More allusions to Christ being the fulfilment of Passover:

He is called the Lamb of God (John 1:29), and the spotless lamb without blemish (I Peter 1:19), without broken bones (Ps. 34:20) and our Passover (I Cor.5:7). Also noteworthy that in contrast to the yearly Passover, Christ was offered ONCE for all (Heb.10:14).

P.S.  There are 27 references to the lamb in Revelation, the vast majority of all the NT rerefences. It is as the Lamb slain but now ruling that Christ opens up and brings to pass God’s eternal decree (5:1), causes terror and pours out his wrath when he judges all men (6:16,17), cares for his own (7:17), triumphs over evil and all his enemies (17:14), and marries his blood-bought bride (19:7). Hallelujah!

There are thirty seven references to blood in Hebrews (20) and Revelation (17). Christ was the lamb without spot (Heb.9:14) whose blood was sprinkled on all his people (Heb. 11:28, 12:24, I Peter 1:2) just as its type was sprinkled  over the Jews’ doorposts, but his is the blood of the everlasting covenant (Heb.13:20), the bloody covenant, which is signified and sealed in the Lord’s Supper and the redemptive means of the salvation of the church in all ages.

Days 7 and 8 Operation trip

Spent hours this morning cancelling and re-booking flight back to Belfast. Flybe’s Bombardier turbo prop planes cannot accommodate anyone with a straight leg….

so had to switch to Easyjet …..

but it’s earlier (0830) and gets into Antrim. Bonus is being back for church Bible study at 11am! Managed about a mile on the crutches plus other exercises.

Day 8. Made it home after taxi drive hotel direct to airport. Assistance staff very good. Plenty time. Lorry lifts. Legroom still a problem but thankfully small gap between forward partition and front emergency exit through which I stuck my right foot. The week has been a catalogue of God’s good provision for every need-never doubt him saints, he is faithfully good to his people!