WHILE GOD AND I SHALL BE
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
The final verse of the majestic hymn “I Am His, and He Is Mine” focuses on the unending love between the believer and God. As we read in our text, nothing can “separate us from the love of God.”
His forever, only His—Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss Christ can fill the loving heart!
Heav’n and earth may fade and flee, First-born light in gloom decline,
But while God and I shall be, I am His and He is mine.
Resting in such supernatural love, which lasts forever, begets peace and rest even now. Our Saviour beckons, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Aspects of our present life may be temporary, but His love lasts forever. “The heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment,…but my salvation shall be forever” (Isaiah 51:6). “And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar [gray] hairs will I carry you” (Isaiah 46:4).
Consider the last line in the hymn. “But while God and I shall be, I am His and He is mine.” As long as either God or the individual remains, their love will last. “But the LORD shall endure forever” (Psalm 9:7). “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). Thus, the Christian “will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalm 23:6). “I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28). – Dr. John D. Morris
The Lord's Day Services
Sunday, March 29, 2020
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Dr. Saunders (via webcast only)
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Dr. Saunders (via webcast only)
No mid-week meetings until further notice.
PRAY FOR OUR MISSIONARIES
The FPCNA Mission Board has issued an update on our missionaries for special prayer during this COVID-19 disruption. Please see the report here.
COVID-19 COMMUNICATION FROM THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NORTH AMERICA
Summarized for our bulletin
The moderator convened an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee to address a series of pressing issues related to the COVID 19 emergency. The EC adopted the recommendation for all sessions to suspend services until at least April 4. Churches that can live stream without people in attendance may certainly make whatever plans they can. Other churches may encourage their members and attendees to view webcasts of other Free Presbyterian churches as they are able.
The EC urges people to pray for the Lord’s purposes to be accomplished in this period of crisis and to use caution, especially concerning our people who are in high-risk categories from this pandemic.
We encourage our members and friends to continue their support of this ministry with their tithes and offerings which can be mailed to 1600 Neilson Road, Scarborough, ON, M1X 1S3, or by credit card. If giving by credit card, please contact Mr. George Robinson at 416 297-6569. We are pursuing more convenient ways of donating electronically during this disruption. Thank you for your practical support!
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
Penticton FPC, Penticton, BC
Rev. Andy Foster
“Be strong and courageous, be not afraid … for there be more with us than with him: With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles.” 2 Chronicles 32:7–8
- Additions to the work
- Unsaved family members to come to Christ
- Men to hold office
- That God’s people would have a hunger for His Word and understand the need for a separated witness to truth in these days of worsening apostasy.
Free Presbyterian Youth Camp 2020
Lord willing, the annual FPC Youth Camp is planned for July 18th – 25th in South Gibson, Pennsylvania. The camp is a great opportunity for our youth (ages 13-18) to have fun and fellowship together and most importantly, to be in the Word of God and under the sound preaching daily. Camp registration forms are now available and the deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 24th. Please see Jonathan McAnally for camp forms and any questions you might have.