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February 2005

From the editor: He found a ship (Jonah 1.3)
J Grant

The Lord’s Coming and Future Events (5)
Albert Leckie

Jacob’s Gift to the Ruler of all Egypt (2)
T Ratcliffe

Book Review

The Lord’s Transfiguration
J Gibson

The First Epistle of John (10)
S Whitmore

Question Box

Follow Me (4)
M Wilkie

Notebook: The Epistle of James
J Grant

Whose faith follow: Robert Beattie (1895-1985)
J G Hutchinson

Words from the Cross (2)
C Jones

A Story from India Today
M Browne

With Christ

The Lord’s Work & Workers


With Christ

Mr Alex Agnew, on 31st October, aged 87. He was saved for almost 65 years. After he was baptised, he was received into Kingsmoss assembly, where he remained until the Lord called him home. He was a faithful brother, who loved the assembly and the Lord’s people. For many years he was a Sunday School teacher and led the hymn singing. He had a great interest in the spread of the gospel and encouraged many preachers and evangelists in the Lord’s work. He will be greatly missed by the assembly and his family and neighbours. Pray for his son Billy, daughter Adelaide, brother Des, and all the family circle.

Mr George Clark, called to be with the Lord suddenly on 4th November at his daughter’s home in Lyme Regis at the age of 92. He was saved in 1933, and was in fellowship in Rockhampton for most of his life. He moved to Scotland 27 years ago and was in happy fellowship with saints in Bridgend Gospel Hall, Kilwinning until recently. George was respected by all as a Christian gentleman. Remember his wife Susan, his daughter and two sons and their families.

Mr James Elliott, on 25th October. Called home to glory on his 96th birthday. Saved as a young man of 25 years in 1933, he was in fellowship first of all in Kingsmoss assembly where he was encouraged in gospel preaching by the late James Boyd. After a few years he moved to the assembly at Ballyclare where he spent the greater part of his Christian life. Our brother is missed in the assembly for he had a great interest in prophetic subjects and kept reminding the saints of the imminent return of our Lord. Prayer would be valued for his surviving brother and sister. The funeral services were taken by local brethren, Daniel Glenn, Stafford Logan, Norman Horan, and James Hamilton.

Miss Mabel Hampton, on 11th November, aged 69. She was saved in September, 1974 while attending meetings conducted by Mr Eric Wishart. She was shortly afterwards baptised and received into the fellowship of the assembly in Dromore, and was a very faithful attender at the assembly meetings until ill health prohibited her from doing so. For many years she was in a nursing home confined to a wheelchair. In spite of her condition, she bore a bright consistent testimony, and adorned the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ. Over many years, her cheery smile and pleasant disposition were an inspiration to all who visited her. She leaves to mourn her passing, her sister, Olive and brother Stanley, the last surviving members of that family. Her funeral service from her sister’s home was conducted by brethren W J Nesbitt and R J Tinsley.

Mr Archie Hill was called home suddenly on 18th November, aged 57. Archie was saved on 29th September, 1974. Shortly afterwards he and his wife Wilma were received into the assembly at Tarbolton where he remained until his homecall. Archie was a much loved brother involved in all the activities of the assembly. His worship on a Sunday morning and his cheery smile at the hall door will be missed. Please remember his wife Wilma, his two daughters, Myra married to Stuart, and Margaret in your prayers.

Mr James Lewis, called home on 18th November, aged 77 years. Jim was saved as a boy, baptised, and received into fellowship in his teens in the Gospel Hall, Bellshill, where he remained until his homecall. He served the Lord in the gospel, in ministry, as Sunday School Superintendent and Bible Class Leader in the Orbiston Gospel Hall outreach. As an elder and shepherd he cared for the flock of God and served as secretary for eleven years. The large number who attended his funeral showed the high esteem in which he was held. He will be greatly missed in the assembly. Remember Maisie, his wife, John and Rosemary in prayer.

Mr William Marr, aged 86 years, was called into the Lord’s presence on 10th October following a serious illness. Willie was initially received into fellowship in Townhead assembly, Glasgow. Following its closure he went to Plantation/Harley Street assembly, but, since 1979, was in happy fellowship with the saints now at the Gospel Hall, Dennistoun. He was a quiet, faithful brother giving help, including with practical work, wherever possible. For many years he lovingly cared for his mother, and also maintained a strong interest in the Lord’s work in Russia. He is much missed by the assembly and his surviving sister and brother.

Miss Isa McKim, aged 69, passed into the presence of the Lord after a relatively short period of time in Auchlochan Residential Home, Lesmahagow. Originally from Shiloh Hall, Coatbridge, Isa lived for a time both in Glasgow and Motherwell. Our dear sister was in poor health all her life and was lovingly cared for over many years by her sister May and brother-in-law Jim (now with the Lord). Her difficult life is now over and her present experience with the Lord will be particularly blessed for her. Prayer requested for May.

Mrs Rhoda McLean, widow of Hugh McLean, late of Dungannon and Cregagh Street, Belfast assemblies, passed into the Lord’s presence on 28th October at the advanced age of 95, from the Crestacare Home in Comber where she resided since the homecall of her husband in 1996. Both were highly and widely esteemed by saints and sinners alike. They spent quite a number of years in the assembly in Dungannon, before moving to Belfast. Rhoda was a sister of great kindness and hospitality: only the Bema will reveal what she did during her active years in the assemblies. Many will rise up and call her blessed. S Skelly and T Adamson of Cregagh Street assembly, shared the burial services.

Mrs Sarah McNeill, on 23rd November, aged 94. She was saved on 23rd February, 1925 at meetings in a local school conducted by the late Mr J Hamill, and shortly afterwards was received into Buckna assembly. She was a faithful and beloved sister there until her homecall, adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour in life and testimony. She was given to hospitality, and was a woman of prayer. The family are all saved and in fellowship and await the meeting in the air. Her funeral was an evidence of the esteem in which she was held.

Miss Ray (Rachel) Poots, on 26th November, after a long period of illness, aged 82. Saved in 1939 when attending meetings conducted by Messrs Curran and Fleming, she was for many years in the Mullafernaghan assembly. A good woman with an excellent testimony in the district, she was ever deeply interested in the welfare of the assembly and the spread of the gospel amongst young and old. Her large funeral from her home was conducted by J G Hutchinson and R Pickering. Prayer valued for the many for whom she prayed; some of them heard the gospel again at the funeral.

Mr T Skene, very suddenly on 1st December, aged 85. Saved in 1943 when serving in the RUC, he was baptised soon after and received into the Armagh assembly where he continued for 51 years. For the last few years he was in Cloughfern assembly. He was a great tract distributor, and in fact the last thing he did the night he passed away was to give a young lady a tract and speak to her about the Saviour. He was a man of prayer, highly esteemed amongst the believers and neighbours, and had the joy of seeing his family all saved. One is a missionary in France. He will be greatly missed. His large funeral was from Cloughfern Gospel Hall when J Wishart and J G Hutchinson conducted the services, assisted in prayer by local brethren.

Mrs Mary Sloan, Garvagh, called home suddenly on 25th November. Saved in October 1947 through John 5.24, she was later baptised and received into Lisachrin assembly. She was a very sincere godly woman, always a great attender at all the assembly meetings. Her funeral was large; Archie McClean spoke at the home and James Martin spoke at the grave. She is survived by her husband, Sydney, a daughter, saved and in fellowship, three sons, one professes, three daughters-in-law and grandchildren not saved. Prayer earnestly requested for them.

Mr William James Taggart, on 23rd November, aged 89. Our brother was saved 70 years ago in meetings at which his wife was also saved. He was baptised and received into assembly fellowship in Ballinaloob, where he remained until the 1950s. He then moved to Glengormley assembly, and for the past twenty-five years has been in fellowship in Kingsmoss. Although not enjoying good health for thirty years, and not able to attend meetings for some time, he maintained a keen interest in the Lord’s work and people. Prayer is requested for his dear wife, Netta, his two daughters and son, and the large family circle, many of whom are not yet saved.

Mrs May Taylor, on 23rd September, aged 87. May was born and brought up in Knightswood, was saved as a teenager, and was received into fellowship in her early twenties. Following her marriage, the family moved home several times, and were in happy fellowship in Summerfield Hall and Victoria Hall, both Glasgow; then, following a move to Ayrshire, they joined with the Troon assembly, and latterly were in fellowship in Bute Hall, Prestwick. In all these assemblies May was a faithful caring member with a particular interest in work amongst women and old folk. Those who visited May on her death bed found a woman of undiminished faith in the God she loved. Prayer would be appreciated for her husband Jim, and her son Ian.

Mr Thomas Rea Williamson, on 29th November, aged 71. Saved on 28th September, 1983 at meetings conducted by the late Mr A McShane and the late Mr J Hawthorne, he was a faithful and valued member of the small assembly at The Birches, sharing in the Sunday School work. Rea was a lover of the gospel, and did all in his power to promote it, having influence amongst his neighbours. His home was open for hospitality. He is mourned and missed by the assembly and especially by his widow and family. Prayer is requested for those not saved. Many heard the gospel at the large funeral.


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