“And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord.” Genesis 12:8
Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to Him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded. God will never let you hold a spiritual thing for yourself; it has to be given back to Him that He may make it a blessing to others.
Bethel is the symbol of communion with God; Ai is the symbol of the world. Abraham pitched his tent between the two. The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with Him. Rush is wrong every time; there is always plenty of time to worship God. Quiet days with God may be a snare. We have to pitch our tents where we shall always have quiet times with God, however noisy our times with the world may be. There are not three stages in spiritual life — worship, waiting and work. Some of us go in jumps like spiritual frogs; we jump from worship to waiting and from waiting to work. God’s idea is that the three should go together. They were always together in the life of Our Lord. He was unhasting and unresting. It is a discipline; we cannot get into it all at once. – Oswald Chambers
We give thanks to the Lord for His help last Wednesday at the funeral service for Dr. Fernandes. Suzanne and Karen express their deep appreciation to you all for your phone calls, text messages and prayers for them during this time of grieving. We pray that God’s Word, which was faithfully presented, will comfort the believer and convict the unsaved that were present both physically and online.
The family would like to share the funeral program with everyone, as many of you could not attend in person. Click here to view.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15
“Many books in my library are now behind and beneath me. They were good in their way once, and so were the clothes I wore when I was ten years old, but I have outgrown them. Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and deepens with our years.” – C.H. Spurgeon
Women's Bible Study
The Women’s Bible study will recommence on Thursday, January 28th, on Zoom.
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The Shorter Catechism
Q36. What are the benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
A. The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification, are assurance of God’s love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost1, increase of grace2, and perseverance therein to the end3.
1. Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (v2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (v5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1, 2, 5).
2. The path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18).
3. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life. (1John 5:13).
The Children's Catechism - Doctrine
Q36. Of what is Baptism a sign?
A. Of the cleansing of the soul.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison,Dr. Frank McClelland, Ron Blair, Kim Wagner and Serene Wong.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Muriel Crothers, Sam McAnally, Tony & Grace Puccini, Maria Santos, Grace Saunders, Ruth Slade, Mary Todd, John & Thelma Watson, Jim & Norma Wilson and Marjorie Wright.
Pray for Our Churches
This week we remember Port Hope FPC, in Port Hope, ON.
Please pray for Rev. Reginald Cranston and the congregation under his care.