“And the word of the Lord came unto Elijah, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.” 1 Kings 17:8-9
The leading of God is not always clear to our understanding or satisfying to our pride, but it is always directed to God’s glory and our good. Elijah had been supernaturally fed by ravens until the brook of Cherith dried up due to the very drought that Elijah had prophesied. Then, instead of supernaturally providing water, God told Elijah to move to a village in Zidon to stay with a poor widow who would feed him.
But Zidon was the home of the idolatrous queen, Jezebel, who would soon become Elijah’s implacable enemy. Furthermore, he would have to so humble himself as to request that the widow share what she thought would be her last meal with a stranger whom she had never met and who had claimed to be the prophet of a God she did not know. What a strange way for God to deal with His servant!
Nevertheless, Elijah obeyed God without question, and so did the widow of Zarephath, and thus the Lord was able to perform two of His mightiest miracles of creation. At the same time, He was able to meet the deep spiritual needs, as well as the physical needs, of this unlikely duo—the greatest spiritual leader of his age and an insignificant widow. An amazing daily miracle of continuing the creation of oil and meal took place as long as the drought continued. And then an even more amazing miracle was accomplished, when, for the first time in all history so far as the record goes, one who was dead (the widow’s son) was restored to life (1 Kings 17:20-24), and the woman came to believe that Jehovah was the true God. God’s ways may not be our ways, but they are always best. May He give us the grace always to obey His word, whether or not we fully understand. – Dr. Henry M. Morris
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, December 30, 2018
All Sunday school classes will resume on January 6th, 2019.
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Rev. Reggie Cranston
3:00 p.m. Community Outreach
6:00 p.m. Pre-service Prayer Meeting
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Frank McClelland – Testimony & Praise Service
Each year, instead of exchanging Christmas cards among the congregation, we donate those funds to a worthy cause. This year we are supporting our mission in Little London, Jamaica and the need for a new church bus. If you would like to help with this special offering, please mark your offering envelope, “Little London Bus”. Thank you!
We are planning to have a baptismal service at the end of January. If you have come to Christ in salvation and desire to be baptized, please speak to Dr. Saunders.
WOMEN’S TUESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY
Enrich your soul as we examine the book of Philippians in its original language and explore may practical lessons for us in each chapter. We will me every other Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. starting on January 15th. All ladies are welcome to attend and please feel free to invite friends. We look forward to studying God’s Word together.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Francesca Fernandes, Mary Todd and Stephen Kelly.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Sam McAnally, Ken & Yvonne Postill, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson and John & Thelma Watson.