“I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.” Philippians 4:11

These words show us that contentment is not a natural propensity of man. “Ill weeds grow quickly.” Covetousness, discontent, and murmuring are as natural to man—as weeds are to the soil. We need not sow thistles and weeds; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth. Just so, we need not teach men to complain; they complain fast enough without any education.

But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care. Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated, as it will not grow in us by nature. It is the new nature alone which can produce contentment, and even then we must be especially careful and watchful, that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in us.

Paul says, “I have learned… to be content;” as much as to say, that he did not know how at one time. It cost him some pains to attain to the mastery of that great truth. No doubt he sometimes thought he had learned, and then broke down. And when at last he had attained unto it, and could say, “I have learned in whatever state I am, therewith to be content,” he was an old, grey-headed man, upon the borders of the grave—a poor prisoner shut up in Nero’s dungeon at Rome.

We might well be willing to endure Paul’s infirmities, and share the cold dungeon with him—if we too might by any means attain unto his high degree of contentment. Do not indulge the notion that you learn without discipline. It is not a power that may be exercised naturally—but a grace to be acquired gradually. We know this from experience. Brother, hush that murmur, natural though it be, and continue a diligent pupil in the College of Contentment. – C.H. Spurgeon

The Lord's Day Services

Sunday, February 19, 2017:

10:00a.m. Sunday School

11:00a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Larry Saunders

6:00p.m. Pre-service Prayer Time

6:30p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Larry Saunders

Weekly Events

Weekly Announcements

Wednesday, February 22nd:

7:25p.m. Prayer Meeting and Bible Study

(Sunday School Teachers & GNBC Staff – Prayer Time)

Thursday, February 23rd:

7:30p.m. Session & Board Meeting

Friday, February 24th:

9:00a.m. Women’s Morning Bible Study

7:00p.m.  Good News Bible Club

Weekly Events
Upcoming Events

Advance Announcements

Sunday, February 26th:

10:00a.m. Sunday School

11:00a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Larry Saunders

6:00p.m. Pre-service Prayer

6:30p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Larry Saunders

Tuesday, February 28th:

7:30p.m. The Connect Group

Wednesday, March 1st:

7:25p.m. Rescheduled Congregational Information Meeting & Prayer

Thursday, March 2nd:

7:30p.m. Youth Fellowship

Friday, March 3rd:

7:00p.m. Good News Bible Club

Upcoming Events

Deepest Sympathy

We would like to extend our condolences to Mrs. Joan Mckerchar, on the passing of her niece, Marie Gillespie. We trust the family will know the nearness of the Lord at this sad time.

Update on Nepal

Work on a new orphanage is progressing well and should be completed in a few months. The latest earth-quake proof procedures are being followed and when finished it will house double the number of children as the present one. Please continue to pray for Pastor Paul Thapa who heads the growing ministry and oversees the Nepal Presbytery. Rev. Wesley Graham, of the Ulster Presbytery, has served in Nepal for several years and plans to return in March to continue assisting in the training of young men for the ministry. Mr. Graham comments, “We are conscious of our great need for spiritual wisdom and physical strength for the duties awaiting us there. Without the Lord we can do nothing and all our labours are in vain. Thank you most sincerely for your prayerful and practical support in the past. We trust you will continue to remember us in your prayers.”

Rev. Wesley & Carol Graham


Rev. Paul Thapa, Moderator of the Nepal Presbytery


Rejoicing with the Mexico City Church

On February 5th, the Mexico City work was constituted as the first Free Presbyterian Church in Mexico. We rejoice with Rev. Jason Boyle and the congregation in reaching this milestone and trust many souls will be brought to Christ and many believers built up in their faith. 100 people attended the service including the Moderator, Rev. Myron Mooney, and Dr. Mark Allison, the Mission Board Chairman. Pastors Marcus and Lalo, who are studying under care of Presbytery, also attended. Please continue to pray for this vital mission field. Click here to read more.


Ministers attending the ordination service (from L to R ) Mr. Lalo Peña, Dr. Mark Allison, Rev. Myron Mooney, Rev. Jason Boyle, Rev. Derrick Bowman, Rev. Mike Goldfuss, and Mr. Marcus Reyes.

Please Pray for

Current Magazine

The Fall issue of the Current is now available online. Click on the link below to view it.