“But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10
Untried, untrodden, and unknown as your future path may be, it is, each step, mapped, arranged, and provided for in the everlasting and unchangeable covenant of God. To Him who leads us, who accepts us in the Son of His love, who knows the end from the beginning, it is no new, uncertain, or hidden way. We thank Him that while He wisely and kindly veils all the future from our reach, all that future—its minutest event—is as transparent and visible to Him as the past. Our Shepherd knows the windings along which He skillfully, gently, and safely leads His flock. He has travelled that way Himself and has left the traces of His presence on the road. And as each follower advances—the new path unfolding at each step—he can exultingly exclaim, “I see the footprint of my Lord; here went my Master, my Leader, my Captain, leaving me an example that I should follow His steps.” Oh, it is a thought replete with strong consolation and well calculated to gird us for the coming year—the Lord knows and has ordained each step of the untrodden path upon which I am about to enter.
Another reflection. The infinite forethought, wisdom, and goodness which have marked each line of our new path have also provided for its every necessity. Each exigency in the history of the new year has been anticipated. Each need will bring its appropriate and adequate supply—each perplexity will have its guidance—each sorrow its comfort—each temptation its shield—each cloud its light. Each affliction will suggest its lesson—each correction will impart its teaching—each mercy will convey its message of love. The promise will be fulfilled to the letter, “As your day, so shall your strength be.” – Octavius Winslow
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer – Mr. James Fraser
Friday, January 6
6:00 p.m. Gym Fellowship
Sunday, January 8
11:00 a.m. Morning Service
4:50 p.m. Session and Board Prayer
5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m Evening Service
Tuesday, January 10
7:00 p.m. Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday, January 11
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
Thursday, January 12
6:00 p.m. Session Meeting
7:30 p.m. Session and Board Meeting
Annual Week of Prayer
7:30 p.m. each night.
The Shorter Catechism
Q32. What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life?
A. They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification1, adoption2, and sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them3.
1. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans 8:30).
2. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself. (Ephesians 1:5).
3. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (1 Corinthians 1:30).