“And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately”. Luke 8:47
One of the most touching and teaching of the Saviour’s miracles is before us to-night. The woman was very ignorant. She imagined that virtue came out of Christ by a law of necessity, without His knowledge or direct will. Moreover, she was a stranger to the generosity of Jesus’ character, or she would not have gone behind to steal the cure which He was so ready to bestow. Misery should always place itself right in the face of mercy. Had she known the love of Jesus’ heart, she would have said, “I have but to put myself where He can see me-His omniscience will teach Him my case, and His love at once will work my cure.” We admire her faith, but we marvel at her ignorance. After she had obtained the cure, she rejoiced with trembling: glad was she that the divine virtue had wrought a marvel in her; but she feared lest Christ should retract the blessing, and put a negative upon the grant of His grace: little did she comprehend the fulness of His love! We have not so clear a view of Him as we could wish; we know not the heights and depths of His love; but we know of a surety that He is too good to withdraw from a trembling soul the gift which it has been able to obtain. But here is the marvel of it: little as was her knowledge, her faith, because it was real faith, saved her, and saved her at once. There was no tedious delay-faith’s miracle was instantaneous. If we have faith as a grain of mustard seed, salvation is our present and eternal possession. If in the list of the Lord’s children we are written as the feeblest of the family, yet, being heirs through faith, no power, human or devilish, can eject us from salvation. If we dare not lean our heads upon His bosom with John, yet if we can venture in the press behind Him, and touch the hem of his garment, we are made whole. Courage, timid one! thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. “Being justified by faith, we have peace with God”. – C.H. Spurgeon
Please pray for Pastor Saunders as he visits the work in Jamaica. Remember the spiritual and practical needs of the congregation and pray for Richard Craig and Randy Gunnings as they lead the mission church.
CELL PHONES FOR JAMAICA
If you have any unlocked smart phones that you are no longer using please donate them for use in Jamaica. Be sure to erase all your data. Thank you!
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
Rev. Armen Thomassian – Interim Moderator
As mentioned in the last update, pulpit vacancies can be challenging times for any congregation, and it is proving to be so in Covenant FPC. The church has suffered several losses, and January 19 will be the last Sunday for the church’s sole elder, Paul Peters. He and his wife are moving out of state to be closer to their daughter. This will leave the church with five people in attendance.
Rev. Armen Thomassian says, “The future is uncertain, and yet when we met as a session on December 11, the words of Spurgeon’s Checkbook for that day seemed like counsel to us. The text is Psalm 37:3 and Spurgeon remarks, ‘We are not so easily to be got rid of as the LORD’s enemies suppose. They cannot thrust us out nor stamp us out: where God has given us a name and a place, there we abide.’ The need is great. If God has given this location as a place for His people, then we trust that He will strengthen the work and provide a minister. Brethren, pray for us.”
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Rev. John & Dorothy Bodner, Pamela (Rajani Devaparan’s mother), Audrey DeGroot, Francesca Fernandes, Stephen Kelly, Rev. Kevin McLeod, Mary Todd, Rev. Phil & Tonia Owen, Grace Saunders, Mandy Sigalas, Peter Slade, Kim Wagner and Elise Vautour.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Sam McAnally, Grace Saunders, Maria Santos, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson and John & Thelma Watson.