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'For Christ's Crown and Covenant'

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 By Warren Peel - Posted at Gentle Reformation: Published June 17, 2022 This week the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland held its 211th annual meeting of Synod, when all the ministers and representative ruling elders of each of the congregations in Ireland met together to review the work and finances of the church. This year was special however because on Wednesday afternoon we held a service of covenant renewal. This biblical practice of covenanting is something that the Reformed Presbyterian Church has always engaged in throughout its history, particularly at times of revival or times of crisis (hence the name ‘Covenanter,’ often used interchangeably of our denomination). We see the church in Scripture periodically responding to God’s covenant of grace by renewing her covenant with the Lord, recommitting herself to be loyal to the demands of his Word no matter what the cost (e.g. Deut 29; Josh 24; Neh 10). Covenant renewal is an opportunity to nail our colours to the mast, both

The Battle of Rullion Green

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Image by Billy McCrorie - Wikipedia Posted at This Day in Presbyterian History: The Time Was Not Ripe This mysterious phrase is found on a stone memorial on the grounds of the Battle of Rullion Green which is located eight miles south of Edinburgh, Scotland. It tells the tragic story of defeat in the first battle of the Scot Covenanters—Presbyterians all—against the English government of Charles II. This battle was part of the Killing Times era of Scottish Covenanters. In essence, the Anglican government had declared war against the Presbyterians of Scotland, asking for unconditional surrender on their part. Their pastors—some 400 of them—had been ejected from their pulpits, their manses, and their parishes. When some of them began to preach to their people in the fields and moors, that whole scene became a dangerous practice, with fines leveled against the attenders, and imprisonment and death as well. All that was needed was a spark to ignite the smoldering indignation of the Scottis

'Character and Claims of the Scottish Covenanters' by William Symington

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Read by Pastor Brian Schwertley - Posted at Sermon Audio : Pastor Schwertley reads from Symington on the covenanted reformation of Scotland. Part One Part Two

Scotland's Forgotten Reformation

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Description: 1/4. You've heard of the Scottish Reformation of 1560, but what was the Second Reformation? This video documents a powerful movement that would take the Church in Scotland to a more extensive reformation according to God’s Word. What lessons can we apply from this today? Additional Episodes: 2/4.   Scotland's Forgotten Revival This was the period of greatest revival throughout the whole nation that Scotland has ever experienced. It went deeper, further and lasted longer than any other. Let's learn the lessons we can apply today as we see what God did in great power in the past. 3/4 . Scotland's Forgotten Suffering Heavy fines, imprisonment, torture and execution. Frequently, and conveniently ignored, this was the period of Scotland's Greatest Persecution. A time when faithful Christians would inevitably suffer in continuing to follow God's Word. In a time of increasing hostility to Christian values, there are vital lessons for us today f

Covenanter Slaves

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Posted at This Day in Presbyterian History : Twenty-eight Presbyterians signed a final covenant on the eve of their departure from Leith, Scotland in early September, 1685. It said in part, “That, now to leave their own native and Covenanted land by an unjust sentence of banishment for owning truth and standing by duty, studying to keep their Covenantal engagements and baptismal vows, whereby they stand obliged to resist and testify against all that is contrary to the Word of God and their Covenants; and that their sentence of banishment ran chiefly because they refused the oath of allegiance which in conscience they could not take, because in so doing they thought utterly declined the Lord Jesus Christ from having any power in His own house, and practically would by taking it, say, ‘He is not King and Head of His Church and over their consciences.’ And, on the contrary, this was to take and put in His room a man whose breadth was in his nostrils; yea, a man who is a sworn enem

Documentary of McLeod's 1802 "Negro Slavery Unjustifiable" by RPTS

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YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/H5H9Ly8g6dk See also: American Covenanters and Abolitionism (A Woman Who Fears the Lord...)

Understanding the Covenanters

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Amazon Kindle Version By Rev. David T. Myers - Posted at This Day in Presbyterian History: The young man needed a service project in order to become an Eagle Scout. What Nathaniel Pockras of Ohio eventually chose and finished became a great service not only to the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America ministers and members, but also to historic Presbyterians in general. He printed on-line the 788 pages of the Rev. W. Melancthon Glasgow’s History of the Reformed Presbyterian Church , which was long out of print and extremely rare for any current minister or member to own one. The original book was written with the approval of the Reformed Presbyterian Synod of America and by a resolution passed in its Session at Newburg, New York on June 8, 1887. It was copyrighted by the author in 1888. Its subtitle was “with sketches of all her ministers, congregations, missions, institutions, publications. etc, and embellished with over fifty portraits and engravings.” Who said l