“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to do. When thou art in trouble, why dost thou not tell Him all thy grief? Has He not a sympathizing heart, and can He not comfort and relieve thee? No, thou art going about to all thy friends, save thy best Friend, and telling thy tale everywhere except into the bosom of thy Lord. Art thou burdened with this day’s sins? Here is a fountain filled with blood: use it, saint, use it. Has a sense of guilt returned upon thee? The pardoning grace of Jesus may be proved again and again. Come to Him at once for cleansing. Dost thou deplore thy weakness? He is thy strength: why not lean upon Him? Dost thou feel naked? Come hither, soul; put on the robe of Jesus’ righteousness. Stand not looking at it, but wear it. Strip off thine own righteousness, and thine own fears too: put on the fair white linen, for it was meant to wear. Dost thou feel thyself sick? Pull the night-bell of prayer, and call up the Beloved Physician! He will give the cordial that will revive thee. Thou art poor, but then thou hast “a kinsman, a mighty man of wealth.” What! wilt thou not go to Him, and ask Him to give thee of His abundance, when He has given thee this promise, that thou shalt be joint heir with Him, and has made over all that He is and all that He has to be thine? There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to make a show-thing of Him, and not to use Him. He loves to be employed by us. The more burdens we put on His shoulders, the more precious will He be to us. – C.H. Spurgeon
We are looking forward to the visit of Mr. Jonathan Eccles. He is a student in the Whitefield Seminary in N. Ireland and has filled the pulpit in Cloverdale FPC for several weeks this summer. He is visiting the Canadian Free Presbyterian churches on his way back to N. Ireland. Mr. Eccles, Lord willing, will be preaching the Word on the evening of August 21. Therefore, the end of the month fellowship will be moved from August 28 to August 21, allowing Mr. Eccles to fellowship with us.
Sunday, August 14
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Dr. Saunders
5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Saunders
Communion service following the evening service.
Wednesday, August 17
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
Friday, August 19
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Gym Night
Friday, August 26
7:00 p.m. Sunday School Seminar – Part 2 with Rev. Ian Goligher
The Shorter Catechism
Q11: What are God’s works of providence?
A: God’s works of providence are, his most holy1, wise2, and powerful preserving3, and governing all his creatures, and all their actions4. 1. The LORD [is] righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. (Psalms 145:17).
2. This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, [which] is wonderful in counsel, [and] excellent in working. (Isaiah 28:29).
3. Upholding all things by the word of his power. (Hebrews 1:3).
4. The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. (Psalms 103:19).
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. (Matthew 10:29).