For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward. Isaiah 52:12
Security from Yesterday. “God requireth that which is past.” At the end of the year we turn with eagerness to all that God has for the future, and yet anxiety is apt to arise from remembering the yesterdays. Our present enjoyment of God’s grace is apt to be checked by the memory of yesterday’s sins and blunders. But God is the God of our yesterdays, and He allows the memory of them in order to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. God reminds us of the past lest we get into a shallow security in the present.
Security for Tomorrow. “For the Lord will go before you.” This is a gracious revelation, that God will garrison where we have failed to. He will watch lest things trip us up again into like failure, as they assuredly would do if He were not our re-reward. God’s hand reaches back to the past and makes a clearing-house for conscience.
Security for Today. “For ye shall not go out with haste.” As we go forth into the coming year, let it not be in the haste of impetuous, unremembering delight, nor with the flight of impulsive thoughtlessness, but with the patient power of knowing that the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays present irreparable things to us; it is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past sleep, but let it sleep on the bosom of Christ.
Leave the Irreparable Past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him. – Oswald Chambers
Testimonies – Rev. Andrew Fitton and Mr. Frank D’Addurno
(Please note the time.)
Thursday, May 11
7:00 p.m. International Dinner
Testimonies – Rev. Logan Elder and Mr. Richard Craig
Everyone is invited. Please use the sign-up form in the foyer.
Friday, May 12
6:00 p.m. Gym Fellowship
Our church will host the bi-annual FPCNA Week of Prayer for ministers and elders of our denomination from May 8–12, 2023. The morning sessions are for Bible study and prayer, and the afternoon sessions are for business. Please pray for safe travel for our visitors and God’s presence and guidance during the meetings.
Sunday, May 14
9:55 a.m. Sunday School – Mr. Daniel Sima’an
11:00 a.m. Morning Service – Rev. John Greer
5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer
6:30 p.m. Evening Service – Rev. John Armstrong
Fellowship after the service. Team 4 is on duty.
Wednesday, May 17
7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer
Thursday, May 18
6:00 p.m. Session Meeting
7:30 p.m. Session and Board Meeting
Friday, May 19
6:00 p.m. Gym Fellowship
The Shorter Catechism
Q50: What is required in the second commandment?
A: The second commandment requireth the receiving, observing1, and keeping pure and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God hath appointed in his Word2.
1. Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 32:46). Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:20).
2. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. (Deuteronomy 12:32).