“Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.” Genesis 33:14
What a beautiful picture of Jacob’s thoughtfulness for the cattle and the children! He would not allow them to be overdriven even for one day. He would not lead on according to what a strong man like Esau could do and expected them to do, but only according to what they were able to endure. He knew exactly how far they could go in a day; and he made that his only consideration in arranging the marches. He had gone the same wilderness journey years before, and knew all about its roughness and heat and length, by personal experience. And so he said, “I will lead on softly.” “For ye have not passed this way heretofore” (Josh.3:4.).
We have not passed this way heretofore, but the Lord Jesus has. It is all untrodden and unknown ground to us, but He knows it all by personal experience. The steep bits that take away our breath, the stony bits that make our feet ache so, the hot shadeless stretches that make us feel so exhausted, the rushing rivers that we have to pass through — Jesus has gone through it all before us. “He was wearied with his journey.” Not some, but all the many waters went over Him, and yet did not quench His love. He was made a perfect Leader by the things which He suffered. “He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” Think of that when you are tempted to question the gentleness of His leading. He is remembering all the time; and not one step will He make you take beyond what your foot is able to endure. Never mind if you think it will not be able for the step that seems to come next; either He will so strengthen it that it shall be able, or He will call a sudden halt, and you shall not have to take it at all. –Frances Ridley Havergal
Thank you to the congregation for the generosity shown towards the Good News Bible Club Christmas card fund. We were able to raise $2805.
WEEK OF PRAYER
Our congregational week of prayer will be held from January 22-26. Plan to attend each night to pray for God’s blessing on our church and all its ministries. May God be pleased to bless us with salvation and spiritual growth.
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.
FREE PRESBYTERIAN INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
The next international congress of our fellowship will be held in Malvern, PA, from Monday, July 30th through Friday, August 3rd 2018. It will be a week of worship, Bible teaching, good fellowship, and sightseeing. Please consider attending and contact Dr. Stephen Pollock (484-506-3444, firstname.lastname@example.org) for reservations. Rooms have been reserved in the Desmond Hotel, Malvern, for $115 USD per night (plus tax). Available rooms are 2 Queen beds, 1 King bed or 1 King plus single.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Please remember Sara Mathew, Norm Lanting’s father, Francesca Fernandes, Joan McKerchar and Jenny Tian.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Yvonne Postill, Sam & Maud McAnally, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk and John & Thelma Watson