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New Church Hall Opened at Kilskeery, 17th August 1974
Report from September ‘74 “Revivalist”
The new Free Presbyterian Hall at Kilskeery, to which there was strong objection at the planning stage has been opened. The ceremony was performed by Dr. Ian Paisley, MP, Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church, in the presence of several hundred people from many parts of Fermanagh and Tyrone and farther afield.
About half-a-dozen RUC men were on duty controlling traffic and a UDR patrol was in Kilskeery village. The new building, costing approximately £4,000, was built almost entirely by voluntary effort on the site given by Mr. Robert Edwards. It was designed, by Mr. Ivan Morrison, a committee member of Bethel Free Presbyterian, Church, Enniskillen. Read more….
Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster statement on the death of Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
It is with deep sadness and regret that we have learned of the passing of Dr. Paisley, retired minister of our denomination and former moderator of the General Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Read more…
Free Presbyterian Church Early History Video
Below is a video presentation of the history of the begining of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Under God, Dr. Paisley played a leading role in these events.
Dr Ian Paisley has passed away
“The death of Dr Ian Paisley has just been announced by His wife, Eileen.
In a statement, carried on the BBC Northern Ireland news site, Baroness Paisley said her “beloved husband” had “entered his eternal rest” on Friday morning. “Although ours is the grand hope of reunion, naturally as a family we are heartbroken,” she said. “We loved him and he adored us, and our earthly lives are forever changed. “Baroness Paisley said that his funeral would be private.
The memories of the man that I would wish to retain and cherish are those of his days as a mighty preacher when it was my privilege to sit under his ministry in gospel missions in tents and halls from one end of Northern Ireland to the other.
Those were days of conversions, of God’s people separating from the apostasy of the ecumenical churches and an exposing of the Romeward trend. Those days will receive scant mention in the profiles of Dr Paisley which will feature prominently in the Northern Ireland news media over the next few days.
But they will be the memories cherished by a very large, though diminishing, number of people in Ulster who supported and prayed for Dr Paisley over the years.”
To the family we offer our sincere condolences at this time.
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, 2 Corinthians 5:1.
Friday 12th September, 2014.
Memories of a protest 45 years ago
Some little time ago, a sister in Christ in the United States sent me a link to a recording on SermonAudio of a report I gave in Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church of my experiences during a protest in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, when Cardinal Heenan, head of the Roman Catholic church in England, became the first Roman Catholic prelate to preach in the cathedral.
It stirred memories as I listened to that recording, taking me back, as it did, some 45 years.
Dr Paisley was leading the protest and also the meeting in the Martyrs where various ministers gave a report of the protest. Sadly, only my report appears on the SermonAudio site.
As a result of the protest, I was taken to court under a very old ecclesiastical law, and fined. At least that is what I think happened to me. It is so long ago and court appearances for Free Presbyterians were so common back then, that I have no clear recollection of the outcome of the court proceedings. One thing I am sure of, the magistrate did not give me a medal!! Read more…
Listen to Rev. Foster’s recorded report from 45 years ago.
Watch a video report of the protest below
Let the Bible Speak broadcasts
During the month of September, Rev Ivan Foster will be speaking on the Let the Bible Speak broadcasts on Q101.2 FM, a local station in Northern Ireland located in Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
The programme goes out each Lord’s Day at 9.15 am. Recordings of the broadcasts will be available here on this site following the programme’s airing.
Should you wish to listen to it live online, you can do so at the station’s website.
Listen to the September 7th broadcast
Text: Psalm 34:8 – O taste and see that the Lord is good…Part 1
Listen to the September 14th broadcast
Text: Psalm 34:8 – O taste and see that the Lord is good…Part 2
Listen to the September 21st broadcast
Text: Psalm 34:8 – O taste and see that the Lord is good…Part3
A decisive verse in the “Head Covering” controversy
“But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered,” 1 Corinthians 11:5-6.
There are many good articles on the issue of “Head Covering”, one of which may be read here.
What we wish to do is really just an exercise in simple logic and the understanding of God’s Word in a common sense manner. What Paul says here in verse 6 can have only one meaning. Read more…
A Two-Fold Warning on “The Ice Bucket Challenge”.
1. It has been acknowledged by the charities benefiting from donations raised via the “The Ice Bucket Challenge” that Both ALS, and in the UK, MND, which are sister organisations aiming to raise awareness of the neurodegenerative disease, known as Motor Neurone Disease in the UK, support the legal use of research that uses embryonic stem cells, while recognising the “significant moral, ethical and religious concerns” that the research methods raise.
That being so, Bible Christians should surely avoid engagement in this exercise.
2. It has become a vain exercise in self promotion and seen to be such by many commentators.
Christian, please remember the words of the Lord Jesus. “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly,” Matthew 6:1-4.
Surely it can be seen that the whole “The Ice Bucket Challenge” has become an exercise which flies in the face of these words.
Integrated Education – An unscriptural choice!
by Rev Brian McClung
Much comment has been made in many circles, in recent days, on the subject of Integrated Education. There is presently a growing lobby who desire this form of education and are becoming ever more public and vocal in their demands concerning it. An editorial in the Belfast Telegraph called for this form of education to be the mainstream. The First Minister Peter Robinson has also voiced his support for it.
Integrated Education is a choice that every evangelical Christian should recoil away instantly from. This is easily seen when those who support and desire this form of education are considered….Read more.
Criminal Justice Bill Consultation
The Justice Committee, Northern Ireland Assembly, Stormont, Belfast.
Mr Jim Wells, a brother in Christ and member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, has put forward a proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill in July 2014.
Abortion in Northern Ireland is a criminal offence, and Mr Wells’ proposed amendment makes clear that a defence to the criminal charge of abortion would not be available to anyone who performed an abortion for fee or reward at a private medical centre.
In Northern Ireland, expectant mothers receive world-class medical care in our hospitals because both the unborn child and mother are treated as patients.
The purpose of this amendment is to ensure that private clinics, such as the Marie Stopes Centre which opened its doors in Belfast in October 2012, cannot legally carry out abortions in Northern Ireland.
Any proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill requires full consultation to ensure all viewpoints are aired and considered. Therefore, the Justice Committee is currently running a public consultation, seeking the public’s views and comments on the proposed amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill.
We urge you to please sign our petition and thus state your support for the Mr Wells’ proposed amendment and register your opposition to the Marie Stopes Centre remaining open in Belfast. We ask you to promote this public consultation and the need for submissions amongst your friends and encourage them to support Mr Wells’ proposed amendment.
Recommended reading: Slaughter of the innocent taking place in Ulster today
Please note the following:
- A petition form is available here for anyone who wishes to download it and print it out to use to collect signatures within their church. We would especially urge Free Presbyterians to make use this form.
- All petition forms have to be with the clerk of the Justice Committee by Friday 12th September.
- Send petitions to: The Justice Committee Clerk, Room 242, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont, Belfast, BT4 3XX
The return of Christ (KICS assembly talks)
Each day In Kilskeery Independent Christian School, the afternoon begins with an assembly centred upon a study of God’s Word. On September 2nd, the school began its 35th year.
Rev Ivan Foster, retired former minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church and former Administrator of the congregation’s Christian school has been asked to conduct the Tuesday and Thursday assemblies this year.
He has chosen as his theme – “The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ”.
It is planned to record these studies and mount them on this site. Below you can listen to the recordings of the talks to the pupils.
Listen to all the posted audio files here.
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The Ian Paisley I knew
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Ashya King’s parents banned from seeing him as part of ‘inhuman’ treatment
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Amnesiac Gerry Adams spins more yarns over the ceasefire
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IRA collusion with prison warders revealed
Besieged Maghaberry warders warn they are ‘close to losing control’
Pastor James McConnell retires from Whitewell Metropolitan Tabernacle
Pastor McConnell announces immediate retirement
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Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry: NI hearings to examine Australian migration
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IRA collusion with prison warders revealed
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