“Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” — Luke 22:46
When is the Christian most liable to sleep? Is it not when his temporal circumstances are prosperous? Have you not found it so? When you had daily troubles to take to the throne of grace, were you not more wakeful than you are now? Easy roads make sleepy travellers. Another dangerous time is when all goes pleasantly in spiritual matters. Christian went not to sleep when lions were in the way, or when he was wading through the river, or when fighting with Apollyon, but when he had climbed halfway up the Hill Difficulty, and came to a delightful arbour, he sat down, and forthwith fell asleep, to his great sorrow and loss. The enchanted ground is a place of balmy breezes, laden with fragrant odours and soft influences, all tending to lull pilgrims to sleep. Remember Bunyan’s description: “Then they came to an arbour, warm, and promising much refreshing to the weary pilgrims; for it was finely wrought above head, beautified with greens, and furnished with benches and settles. It had also in it a soft couch, where the weary might lean.” “The arbour was called the Slothful’s Friend, and was made on purpose to allure, if it might be, some of the pilgrims to take up their rest there when weary.” Depend upon it, it is in easy places that men shut their eyes and wander into the dreamy land of forgetfulness. Old Erskine wisely remarked, “I like a roaring devil better than a sleeping devil.” There is no temptation half so dangerous as not being tempted. The distressed soul does not sleep; it is after we enter into peaceful confidence and full assurance that we are in danger of slumbering. The disciples fell asleep after they had seen Jesus transfigured on the mountain top. Take heed, joyous Christian, good frames are near neighbours to temptations: be as happy as you will, only be watchful.
When? Monday evening from 7-8 p.m. November 1-December 13 (7 classes)
Where? The main school building, Room 223 (upstairs)
Purpose: To begin to acquire the tools to read and study the New Testament in its original language.
Instructor: Mrs. Jill Saunders
Please speak to Pastor or Mrs. Saunders by October 24th if you are interested.
On October 10th, we had the opportunity to acknowledge some of our Sunday School teachers and helpers who had recently retired from their many years of service. Dr. Frank McClelland, Pastor Emeritus, presented the ladies with gifts and plaques marking the occasion. We thank God for these ladies and pray that their labours in teaching will continue to bring Glory to His name through the lives of our children.
(L to R) Dr. McClelland, Mrs. Norma Wilson, Mrs. Linda Robinson, Ms. Karen Chandler, Mrs. Carol Cleland and Mrs. Sharon Kruger. (Absent: Mrs. June Gangadin)
Port Hope FPC
Port Hope FPC will be holding a week of anniversary meetings on October 25-29 at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Ryan McKee, from Magherafelt FPC in N. Ireland, will be the guest preacher. Everyone is welcome to attend. For those who are not able to attend in person, you can view the services on Facebook Live by clicking here.
The Shorter Catechism
Q77: What is required in the ninth commandment?
A: The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between man and man,1 and of our own2 and our neighbour’s good name,3 especially in witness-bearing.4
1. Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour. (Zechariah 8:16b).
2. Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (1Peter 3:16). Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged: to the Jews have I done no wrong. (Acts 25:10a).
3. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record. (3John 1:12a).
4. A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies. (Proverbs 14:5a). A true witness delivereth souls. (Proverbs 14:25a).