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Sunday morning worship 14th February, Ecclesiastes 3:9-22, Made for More
This Sunday we are joining King Solomon again to search for the meaning of life in Ecclesiastes chapter 3:9-22 with the sermon title "Made for More."
Date Recorded: 14/02/2021

First Rathfriland Sunday Worship with Rev Boyd, Time for Everything, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Following on from the analysis of everything under the sun by Solomon where do we go? If wisdom can’t supply meaning; if pleasure can’t supply meaning; and work can't supply meaning; what then? He starts here in Ecclesiastes chapter 3 by saying, “To everything, there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven
Date Recorded: 07/02/2021

Sunday morning worship 17th Jan. 2021, Rev Trevor Boyd, Wisdom is Meaningless
We move on from the general conclusion of Solomon in the opening verses Ecclesiastes of 1-11 that everything is meaningless or empty and goes around in circles to examine the subject of wisdom
Date Recorded: 17/01/2021

Sunday Morning Service 10 Jan 2021 - Nothing New Under the Sun
Our Minister, Rev. Trevor Boyd, will lead and conduct our Morning Worship. The Bible Reading will be taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes 1:1-11.
Date Recorded: 10/01/2021

The Crazy Life of Joseph, Strong-willed Judah Sunday 21st June First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church
We are reading and learning from Genesis 38:1-11. These chapters that we have been studying together have all revolved around a messed up dysfunctional family which at times reflects fragments and glimpses of our own families. “1 John 1:8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Many of us have avoided the pain of having our family story splashed across the tabloid pages but this family had their lives laid bare in the pages of Scripture for people to read generation after generation. It is a story that just does not go away but at least we are granted the courtesy of the full story and the full truth. This story must be important if it is inserted in the Bible for literally all the world to read. It is the history of the 12 tribes of Israel and their rocky start. It is the history of our salvation. What is gradually becoming clear is that God didn’t choose the family of Jacob for the good in their life because there was an awful lot that was very wrong. God doesn’t choose us because of the good we have done rather God chooses us because of what Christ has done. Jesus Christ the Saviour was born in the flesh as a descendent in the line of rebellious Judah. The typical churchgoer is of the mindset that God uses good people for His purpose. We still struggle with the idea that God can bring about change in the life of the ungodly, the down and out, those who in our opinion have crossed a line of no return. Yet, as followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to offer the gospel to everyone because Christ is the one who brings about regeneration, rebirth in the lives of those who are spiritually dead. Friends you and I may not have done the things that Judah did but just like Judah, we have sinned. In Judah there are hints of who we are, we are not as perfect as we might think we are. We all enter this world as sinners, it is Christ alone who will change us. You must have heard the saying, “You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your relations or family. But, God did exactly that!
Date Recorded: 21/06/2020

The Crazy Life of Joseph... a House of Lies Sunday 14 06 2020 First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church
In terms of family life, the story of Joseph is a wonderful encouragement to Christian parents, who will one day have to turn their children loose in the world. It may be in the form of sending a child off to a college, work, or university or marriage far from the supervision and influence of the parents. All who are parents will have to face the time when we cannot control the environment in which our children will live but trust that as God cared for Joseph, He will care for them. Joseph was abruptly torn from his father and friends and family. He was removed from any godly influences and encouragement. He was placed among people who did not believe in his God or his convictions. In Egypt, he was subject to the strongest temptations. And yet, apart from any Christian friends or fellowship, Joseph not only survived, but he was strengthened. We might be astounded that the roots of Israel’s race and religion go back to this dysfunctional family who has conspired to do away with their own flesh and blood. Paul taught in Romans 9 that election is not based upon the works which a person has done or will do in the future (9:6-13). Surely the choice of these sons of Israel illustrates to us the principle of election. God chooses whom He will for His plan and for His purpose and that choice is not based on the good that we have done, it is His good pleasure that we have been chosen. In addition to the doctrine of election we also have doctrinal teaching on the sovereignty of God which is summarized by these words in Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). This morning our family may not be perfect, we could be living a lie. God wants us to confess it to Him and allow God to use us. This morning we may be skilled in half-truths and deception, God wants us to confess it to Him and always seek the truth. What a difference there would be in this world if we didn’t live in a house of lies but lived in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ which is able to make us wise unto salvation.
Date Recorded: 14/06/2020

The Crazy Life of Joseph... a House of Lies Sunday 14 06 2020 First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church
In terms of family life, the story of Joseph is a wonderful encouragement to Christian parents, who will one day have to turn their children loose in the world. It may be in the form of sending a child off to a college, work, or university or marriage far from the supervision and influence of the parents. All who are parents will have to face the time when we cannot control the environment in which our children will live but trust that as God cared for Joseph, He will care for them. Joseph was abruptly torn from his father and friends and family. He was removed from any godly influences and encouragement. He was placed among people who did not believe in his God or his convictions. In Egypt, he was subject to the strongest temptations. And yet, apart from any Christian friends or fellowship, Joseph not only survived, but he was strengthened. We might be astounded that the roots of Israel’s race and religion go back to this dysfunctional family who has conspired to do away with their own flesh and blood. Paul taught in Romans 9 that election is not based upon the works which a person has done or will do in the future (9:6-13). Surely the choice of these sons of Israel illustrates to us the principle of election. God chooses whom He will for His plan and for His purpose and that choice is not based on the good that we have done, it is His good pleasure that we have been chosen. In addition to the doctrine of election we also have doctrinal teaching on the sovereignty of God which is summarized by these words in Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). This morning our family may not be perfect, we could be living a lie. God wants us to confess it to Him and allow God to use us. This morning we may be skilled in half-truths and deception, God wants us to confess it to Him and always seek the truth. What a difference there would be in this world if we didn’t live in a house of lies but lived in the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ which is able to make us wise unto salvation.
Date Recorded: 14/06/2020

Children's & Young People's Sunday 07 06 2020 First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church
The commandments were ten good rules God gave to His people. Rules that would bring about good results for anyone who followed them. Rules that would help keep people safe and at peace. Rules that would show them how to love and respect one another and God. Rules that would help them stay close to God who wants to give us every good thing. God knows us very well. He knows our hearts. He knows we are human—that we often make mistakes, chose poorly, and act without thinking. God gave His people these rules as reminders of what was good and right—as reminders of who God created them to be.
Date Recorded: 07/06/2020

The Crazy Life of Joseph...I'm a Dreamer Sunday 31 05 2020 First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church
Dreams play a major role in Joseph's story. There are three pairs of dreams: Joseph's dreams, the dreams of Pharaoh's ministers, and Pharaoh's dreams. In Joseph's story, we encounter the concept that a dream is a divine message that reveals what will happen at some point in the future. Dreams are not to be taken lightly in Joseph's story. The brothers and Jacob relate in two ways to Joseph's dream. On the one hand, there is fear regarding what will take place in the future. On the other hand, there is a protest against Joseph's claim to authority and yet "his father kept the matter in mind hinting that both Jacob and his sons tended towards the first response to Joseph's dreams. Joseph went to visit his brothers at Dothan as instructed by his father and there in the distance, the brothers spotted him. Notice in v19 they said, “Here comes that dreamer!” Then they plotted to kill him. The brothers were in the wrong place physically, Dothan instead of Shechem and they were in the wrong place spiritually because back in v11 we are told that, “His brothers envied him.” The sin was in their heart before it was spoken by their mouth and acted upon by their hands. Our sin problem begins in our hearts. Who we are coming from our heart and it is our heart that has to be dealt with. Our hearts can only be changed through faith in Jesus and faith works from the inside out. In their plan, the brothers not only wanted to kill the dreamer, but they wanted to kill the dream and in so doing kill the plans of God. The brothers were planning to act in such a way that would defeat God’s Word and God’s plan. They didn’t want to bow down to serve Joseph nor anyone else and it would seem they didn’t want to bow down and serve God either.
Date Recorded: 31/05/2020

The Crazy Life of Joseph..Imperfect Father Sunday 24.05.2020 First Rathfriland Presbyterian Church
Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Listener: • I don’t know what you are facing in your life at the moment. • I don’t know where you’re headed • I don’t know what God is asking you to do • I don’t know what you are currently walking away from • I don’t know the hardships that potentially lay before you But I can assure you that you don’t have to be perfect to meet God in faith. When you mess up God who is the Perfect Father is willing to forgive you as He forgave me. Go on and seek faith in God and let Him take you on a journey of your own. So just to make clear. I was not and am not a perfect person, I wasn’t a perfect husband, a perfect father but I am walking by faith with the perfect Father who is Almighty God.
Date Recorded: 24/05/2020