“And he said, take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Genesis 22:2
Character determines how a man interprets God’s will (Psalm 18:25-26). Abraham interpreted God’s command to mean that he had to kill his son, and he could only leave this tradition behind by the pain of a tremendous ordeal. God could purify his faith in no other way. If we obey what God says according to our sincere belief, God will break us from those traditions that misrepresent Him. There are many such beliefs to be got rid of, e.g., that God removes a child because the mother loves him too much — a devil’s lie! and a travesty of the true nature of God. If the devil can hinder us from taking the supreme climb and getting rid of wrong traditions about God, he will do so; but if we keep true to God, God will take us through an ordeal which will bring us out into a better knowledge of Himself.
The great point of Abraham’s faith in God was that he was prepared to do anything for God. He was there to obey God, no matter to what belief he went contrary. Abraham was not a devotee of his convictions, or he would have slain Isaac and said that the voice of the angel was the voice of the devil. That is the attitude of a fanatic. If you will remain true to God, God will lead you straight through every barrier into the inner chamber of the knowledge of Himself; but there is always this point of giving up convictions and traditional beliefs. Don’t ask God to test you. Never declare as Peter did — I will do anything, I will go to death with Thee. Abraham did not make any such declaration, he remained true to God, and God purified his faith.
– “ My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, April 29, 2018
10:00a.m. Sunday School for all ages.
11:00a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Larry Saunders
6:00p.m. Pre-service prayer time
6:30p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Larry Saunders
Fellowship & Refreshments following the evening service, Team #3 is on duty.
Betty is planning for a mission trip to Denmark for the month of May with a Christian group from her university campus. Pray that the Lord will bless their witness for Christ.
Trinitarian Bible Society
Mr. Adrian Stoutjesdyk of the TBS will be speaking at our Prayer meeting on May 16th, about the ministry and translation work of the Society. This will be our family and youth night so please make a special effort to attend. There will be a fellowship time after.
Presbytery Meetings - May 7th-11th
Please pray for the ministers and elders who will be travelling to Alabama for the Presbytery meetings and Prayer times. Join us in asking God to raise up men called to preach the Gospel and that all of our churches would know the reviving of God’s power in spiritual growth and service.
Election of Deacons
We ask the congregation to be in prayer for the upcoming election of deacons to serve for the next three years. The Session has set the date for September 19th, to give time for nominations, interviews and prayer. The Pastor is planning to speak on the office of the deacon on May 20th, with further information on the nomination process.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Please remember in prayer: Ron Blair, Robin Cleland, Lee Femson, Sara Mathew, Francesca Fernandes, Isabelle Glynn, Richard Teo and Jenny Tian.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Sam & Maud McAnally, Yvonne Postill, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk and John & Thelma Watson