“Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods.” — Jeremiah 16:20
One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan’s star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are not forsaken. Self in various forms struggles to subdue the chosen ones under its dominion, and the flesh sets up its altars wherever it can find space for them. Favourite children are often the cause of much sin in believers; the Lord is grieved when He sees us doting upon them above measure; they will live to be as great a curse to us as Absalom was to David, or they will be taken from us to leave our homes desolate. If Christians desire to grow thorns to stuff their sleepless pillows, let them dote on their dear ones.
It is truly said that “they are no gods,” for the objects of our foolish love are very doubtful blessings, the solace which they yield us now is dangerous, and the help which they can give us in the hour of trouble is little indeed. Why, then, are we so bewitched with vanities? We pity the poor heathen who adore a God of stone, and yet worship a God of gold.
Where is the vast superiority between a God of flesh and one of wood? The principle, the sin, the folly is the same in either case, only that in ours the crime is more aggravated because we have more light, and sin in the face of it. The heathen bows to a false deity, but the true God he has never known; we commit two evils, inasmuch as we forsake the living God and turn unto idols. May the Lord purge us all from this grievous iniquity!
Please pray for the ministers and elders who will be travelling to Alabama for the Presbytery meetings and Prayer times. Join us in asking God to raise up men called to preach the Gospel and that all of our churches would know the reviving of God’s power in spiritual growth and service.
Whitefield Christian Schools Science Fair
Grades 5-8 will be presenting a Science Fair on May 16th (in the gymnasium). Our church prayer meeting will be held that evening in the school assembly room and visitors are welcome before and after to visit the displays. Please be in prayer for our staff, students, and parents.
Trinitarian Bible Society
Mr. Adrian Stoutjesdyk of the TBS will be speaking at our Prayer meeting on May 16th, about the ministry and translation work of the Society. This will be our family and youth night so please make a special effort to attend. There will be a fellowship time after.
International Lunch – May 20th
We are planning another international lunch following the morning service on May 20th. Families are asked to bring a hot dish and salad or dessert. Beverages will be provided, we hope you will be able to attend.
Spring Clean Up
The Board has set two evenings, May 22 & 29 from 7-9pm, for a clean-up of the buildings and grounds. Ladies are also invited to help with the interior of our church and school buildings. We appreciate anyone who can help to keep the Lord’s house clean and tidy.
Election of Deacons
We ask the congregation to be in prayer for the upcoming election of deacons to serve for the next three years. The Session has set the date for September 19th, to give time for nominations, interviews and prayer. The Pastor is planning to speak on the office of the deacon on May 20th, with further information on the nomination process.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Please remember in prayer: Ron Blair, Robin Cleland, Lee Femson, Sara Mathew, Francesca Fernandes, Isabelle Glynn, Richard Teo and Jenny Tian.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Sam & Maud McAnally, Yvonne Postill, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk and John & Thelma Watson