-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 Thes5.16.)
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 online via Zoom (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 - Ben-hadad king of Syria, not content with Ahab's submissive homage, warreth against Samaria. By a prophet's direction the Syrians are smitten. According as the prophet had forewarned Ahab, the Syrians next year come against him in Aphek, in confidence of better success in the plain than on the hills. A prophet declaring it beforehand to be a special judgment on them, they are again defeated with a great slaughter. They entreat submissively to Ahab, who receiveth Ben-hadad kindly, and sendeth him away with a covenant of peace. A prophet, having first by a parable brought Ahab to condemn himself, denounceth God's judgment against him for his unseasonable lenience.
1 Kings 20
Preface - The apostle sheweth that out of his great care for the Thessalonians he had sent Timothy to comfort and strengthen them in the faith; whose good report of them had been a great consolation to him in his distresses. He testifieth his thankfulness to God, and earnest desire to see them; praying God to guide him to them, and for their increase in love and holiness unto the end.
1 Thessalonians 3
Daily Light - Morning
In thy name shall they rejoice all the day:
and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
In the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory. - Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
The righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe... To declare...at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. - Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, y rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Ps 89.16; Isa. 45.24-25; Ps. 32.11
Phil. 4.4; 1 Pe.1.8
Daily Light - Evening
Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.
The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty... Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting.
The LORD is...great in power. - If God be for us, who can be against us? - Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us...and he will deliver us. - My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. - Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory. - Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all... Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given the..
Mt. 6.13; Ps. 93.1,2
Na. 1.3; Ro. 8.31; Dan. 3.17; Jn. 10.29; 1 Jn. 4.4
Ps. 115.1; 1 Chr. 29.11,13-14
A Puritans Catechism
Q27 - Wherein consists Christ's exaltation?
A - Christ's exaltation consists in his rising again from the dead on the third day, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day.
Robert Murray M'Cheyne - God Makes A Path - Daily Devotional Readings
True divine peace
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. - Romans 5 v 1
Justified by faith we have peace wit God - not peace with ourselves - not peace with the world, with sin, with Satan, but peace with God. True divine peace is to be found only in believing - only in keeping fast hold of Christ. If you let Him go, you let go your righteousness; for this is His name. You are then without righteousness - without a covering from the wrath of God - without a way to the Father. The law again condemn you; God's frown will again overshadow you; you will again have terrors of conscience. Hold Him then, and do not let Him go. Whatever you let go, let not Christ go; for He is our peace - not in knowledge - not in feeling - but trust in Him alone.