“It doth not yet appear what we shall be.” 1 John 3:2
Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says — “Well, supposing I were in that condition.…” We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in.
Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said, “Except ye…become as little children.” Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality* about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.
“Believe also in Me,” said Jesus, not — “Believe certain things about Me.” Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him.
* “ban of finality”: the limitation or curse of having one’s mind made up; unwilling to consider new information. – Oswald Chambers
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, April 30, 2017:
10:00a.m. Sunday School – Dr. Frank McClelland
11:00a.m. Morning Service – Mr. Richard Craig, Jamaica
6:00p.m. Pre-service Prayer
6:30p.m. Evening Service – Mr. Richard Craig, Jamaica
Fellowship and Refreshments following the evening service. Team #2 is on setup & clean up.
Time: 7:30p.m. on Friday. 6:00p.m. on Saturday. 10:00a.m., 11:00a.m and 6:30p.m. on Sunday
We are excited about the upcoming missionary conference on the theme of “Labouring together with God” 1Cor 3:9. Special guests include Dr. Mark Allison, Mission Board Chairman, Rev. Jason Boyle and his wife Danielle from Mexico City and Mr. Richard Craig from Jamaica. Please invite your friends and be in prayer for this conference.
Sunday Lunch - May 7th
Following the morning service we would like to take the opportunity to have lunch with our visitors from our missionary conference. If you are able to stay, we would ask that you bring one hot dish and one dessert. Beverages, salad and rolls will be provided. We look forward to this special time of fellowship.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Please remember Norm Lanting as his father is very near death. Hyacinth Robinson recovering from knee surgery, Francesca Fernandes, Jenny Tian, Aszerina Ijaodola, Robert Nebitko and Grace Saunders.
Pray for Our Seniors
Florence Chung, Mary Long, Margaret Schenk and Yvonne Postill.