Prayer - Tuesday
- 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 - Upon reading the law Israel is separated from the mixed multitude. Eliashib having in Nehemia's absence prepared a chamber in the temple for Tobiah, Nehemiah on his return is offended, and causeth the chambers to be cleansed. He reformeth certain abuses concerning tithes, the violation of the sabbath, and the marriages with foreign wives.
Preface - Paul pleading his integrity is smitten at the command of the high priest, whom he reproveth of injustice. By declaring himself a Pharisee, and questioned for the hope of the resurrection, he causeth a division in the council: he is carried back to the castle, and encouraged by the Lord in a vision. A conspiracy against him is discovered to the chief captain; who sendeth him under a guard with a letter to Felix the govenor at Caesarea.
Daily Light - Morning
Hope maketh not ashamed.
I am the LORD...they shall not be ashamed that wait for me. - Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. - Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. - My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. - I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed.
God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, which which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.
Ro. 5.5; Isa. 49.23; Jer. 17.7; Isa. 26.3-4; Ps. 62.5-6; 2 Tim. 1.12
Daily Light - Evening
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. - We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. - Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. - Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence.
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. - I am crucified with Christ. - They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.
Ga. 5.11; Mt. 16.24
Jas. 4.4; Ac. 14.22 Ro. 9.33; 1 Pe. 2.7-8
Ga. 6.14; Ga. 2.20; Ga. 5.24
2 Tim 2.12
A Puritans Catechism
Q43 - What is required in the first commandment?
A - The first commandment requires us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly.
BAPTIST CONFESSION OF FAITH
Of Good Works
Works done by unregenerate men, although for the matter of them they may be things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and to others;19 yet because they proceed not from a heart purified by faith,20 nor are done in a right manner according to the Word,21 nor to a right end, the glory of God,22 they are therfore sinful, and cannot please God, nor make a man meet to receive the grace from God,23 and yet their neglect for them is more sinful and displeasing to God.24
19 2 Kings 10:30; 1 Kings 21:27,29
20 Gen. 4:5; Heb. 11:4,6
21 1 Cor. 13:1
22 Matt. 6:2,5
23 Amos 5:21–22; Rom. 9:16; Titus 3:5
24 Job 21:14–15; Matt. 25:41–43
Robert Murray M'Cheyne- God Makes A Path - Daily Devotional Readings
Rivers for water
And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beast also. - Numbers 20 v 11
Christ is the smitten rock because his blood has been poured out for sin.
1) The rock was smitten before it gave out the stream. So is it with Christ. He was smitten of God and afflicted. He bore the wrath of God; and therefore his blood gushed forth, and cleaness from all sin. Oh! you that fear to be smitten of God, wash in this blood, - it flows from a smitten rock.
2)The water gushed forth abundantly when Moses smote the rock. It was no scanty stream - it was enough for all the thousands of Israel. So is it with the blood of the Saviour. It is no scanty stream. There are no sins it cannot wash out, there is no sinner beyond its reach, there is enough here for all the thousands of Israel.
3) It was a constant supply. 'They drank of the spiritual rock which followed them, and that rock was Christ.' We are not expressly told in the Old Testament that the waters of the smitten rock did actually follow the camp of Israel, but some learned diviness are the opinion that it was so - that the water continued to flow wherever Israel went; so that it might be said the smitten rock followed them. So it is with Christ. He is a rock that follows us. He is like rivers of water in a dry place. You may wash, and wash again.