-Give thanks to God for those who have recently recovered from sickness.
-Pray for those who are sick or receiving treatment in our congregation.
-Pray that we each would walk close to God, putting off sins that easily beset us and that we would daily give thanks for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (1 John 1.3; Hebrews 12.1; 1 Thes 5.16.)
Sunday morning at 11:00am in church (also available online via Facebook)
Sunday evening at 6:30pm in church (also available online via Facebook)
Bible study and prayer
Wednesday evening at 7:00pm in church (also available online via Facebook)
Lunch hour service
Thursday afternoon between 1:00pm and 1:30pm in church (also available online via Facebook)
Saturday morning at Victoria Street (outside the big Boots store) for 10:30am (across the road from Town Hall - No. 64). Afterwards we go back to church for prayer.
Preface - Naaman, captain of the Syrian host, upon the report of a captive maid, cometh to Samaria to be cured of his leprosy. Elisha sendeth him to dip in Jordan, whereby he is healed. Naaman acknowledgeth the true God; cannot prevail on Elisha to accept his presents; asketh for earth; and is sent away in peace. Gehazi, Elisha's servant, by a lie obtaineth a present from Naaman, and is smitten with leprosy.
2 Kings 5
Preface - Paul warneth the Thessalonians against a groundless surmise that the day of Christ was near at hand; shewing that it would be preceeded by a great apostasy, and that the man of sin would be first revealed, and by his wicked impostures draw many into perdition. He repeateth his good hopes concerning them, exhorting them to stand fast in his doctrine, and praying God to comfort and stablish them in all goodness.
1 Timothy 2
Daily Light - Morning
I am cast out of thy sight;
yet I will look again toward thy holy temple.
Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.
I forgat prosperity. And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD. - Awake, why sleepest thou, O Lord? arise, cast us not off for ever. - Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? - In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance. - We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.
Jon. 2.4; Isa. 49.14-15
Lam. 3.17-18; Ps. 44.23; Isa. 40.27; Isa. 54.8
Ps. 43.5; 2 Co. 4.8-9
Daily Light - Evening
When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none,
and their tongue faileth for thirst,
I the LORD will hear them.
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? - All is vanity and vexation of spirit...What hath manof all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. - They have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out, - I will pour water upon him that is thirsty. - Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my and thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.
Isa. 41.17; Ps. 4.6; Ec. 2.17,22-23; Jer. 2.13
Jn. 6.37; Isa. 44.3; Mt. 5.6
Q34 - What is sanctification?
A - Sanctification is the work of God's free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.
Robert Murray M'Cheyne - God Makes A Path - Daily Devotional Readings
This is happiness
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. - Hebrews 13 v 5
You may take these words, and apply them to God the Father. And here they come to be very much the words God gave to Abraham: He said, 'Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield and thy exceeding great reward.' He had returned from the slaughter of Chederlaomer, and of the kings that were with him. The king of Sodom came out to meet him, and said unto him. 'Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself.' But Abraham said, 'I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take from a thread even to a shoe latchet, and that I will not take any thing, that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich' And immediately after, God appeared to him, and said: 'Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.' This is what Asaph felt. He says, in the seventy-third Psalm, 'My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my potion for ever. Ah, brethren, this is a sweet word to a poor soul who is mourning over the broken pots at his feet. This is a sweet word to those of you who are bereft - who have left houses and lands - 'I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.' This may be a sweet word to those of you who are mourning over the dead. O brethren! is this your portion? Can you look up to a three-one God, - Father, Son and Spirit, standing on these broken shreds at your feet, and say, 'Thou wilt never leave me, not forsake me'? This is happiness. Well, well, did the Lord say, 'Mary hath chosen that good part which shall never be taken away from her'. Ah, poor souls, that have chosen the portion that will be taken from you. Ah, brethren! be you wiser.