-Give thanks to God for the Bible, its inspiration and preservation for us to read it today. (2 Timothy 3.16, Proverbs 30.5.)
-Give thanks to God that we have easy access to the Scripture in English, in our mother tongue.
-Pray the Lord would bless us as we study the Bible through the ministry this coming year. That as we work through a book of the Bible the Lord would continue to help us to grasp God's truth.
-Pray for the Lunchtime outreach service and those who attend; pray that more from the offices nearby and Christians who commute are able to join us.
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 - Abijam's wicken reign. He dieth: Asa succeedeth him. Asa's good reign. On account of the war between him and Baasha he maketh a league with Ben-hadad king of Syria, who causeth Baasha to desist from building Ramah; Asa with the stones thereof buildeth Geba and Mizpah, Asa dieth and is succeeded by Jehoshaphat. Nadab's wicked reign. He is slain by Baasha, who succeedeth him, and executeth Ahijah's prophecy against Jeroboam's house. Baasha's wicked reign.
1 Kings 15
Preface- Paul testifieth his solicitude for the churches which had not seen him, that they might be united in love, and attain a perfect knowledge of the Christian revelation, not being seduced from their stedfastness in the faith, nor corrupted throu philosophy and human traditions. He sheweth that they were already complete in Christ, having attained the true circumcision figured in baptism; that God had quickened them with Christ, and both abolished the law of ordinances, that was against them, and also spoiled principalities and powers. He therefore urgeth them not to submit to legal ordinances, which were but a shadow of Christ; nor to the worship of angels, and other vain practices of human devising.
Daily Light - Morning
God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.
It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; and, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself. - Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil. - Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity...?
Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace. - Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. - LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.
Co. 5.19; Col. 1.19-20; Ps. 85.10
Jer. 29.11; Isa. 1.18
Job 22.21; Phil. 2.12-13; Isa. 26.12
Daily Light - Evening
Thy Kingdom come.
In the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. - A stone...cut out without hands. - Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. - The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God... So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how...But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
Be ye...ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.
Mt. 6.10; Dan. 2.44; Dan. 2.34; Zech. 4.6; Lu. 17.20-21
A Puritans Catechism
Q22 - What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer
A - Christ as our Redeemer, executes the offices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in his state of humiliation and exaltation.
Robert Murray M'Cheyne - God Makes A Path - Daily Devotional Readings
A glorious garment
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. - Luke 15 v 22
As long as you live in your mortal body, you will be faulty in yourself. It is a soul ruining error to believe anything else. O if ye would be wise, be often looking beneath the robe of the Redeemer's righteousness to see your own deformity. It will make you keep faster hold of His robe, and keep you washing in the fountain. Now, when Christ brings you before the throne of God, He will clothe you with His own fine linen, and present you faultless. O it is sweet to me to think how soon you shall be the righteousness of God in Him. What a glorious righteousness that can stand the light of God's face! Sometimes a garment appears white in dim light; when you bring it into sunshine you see the spots. O prize, then, this Divine righteousness, which is your covering.