For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward. Isaiah 52:12
Security from Yesterday. “God requireth that which is past.” At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise from remembering the yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace is apt to be checked by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. God reminds us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present.
Security for Tomorrow. “For the Lord will go before you.” This is a gracious revelation, that God will garrison where we have failed to. He will watch lest things trip us up again into like failure, as they assuredly would do if He were not our re-reward. God’s hand reaches back to the past and makes a clearing-house for conscience.
Security for Today. “For ye shall not go out with haste.” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities which will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.
Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him. – Oswald Chambers
Each year instead of exchanging Christmas cards among the congregation we donate those funds to a worthy cause. This year we are supporting Jason and Danielle Boyle and the Mexico City Mission as they approach the constitution of their work on February 5, 2017. If you would like to help with this special offering, please mark you offering envelope “Mexico City”. Thank you!
We are planning to have a baptism service early in the New Year. If you have come to Christ in salvation and desire to be baptized, please speak to Dr. Saunders
Congregational Week of Prayer January 23rd – 27th
At the beginning of each new year we devote special times of prayer to seek the Lord. Please plan to join us each night at 7:25 to pray for God’s direction, power, and blessing for all our ministries in 2017.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Robert Nebitko, Francesca Fernandes, Jenny Tian and Aszerina Ijaodola.
Pray for Our Seniors
Florence Chung, Mary Long, Margaret Schenk,
Yvonne Postill, and Alf Jordan.
The Fall issue of the Current is now available online. Click on the link below to view it.