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Special Gospel Meetings January 2016

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Special Gospel Meetings are being held Monday-Friday during the months of January and February. All meetings will be at 7:30pm. See the invitation below for more details.

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Sunday School Treat & Day’s Meeting

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Title: Sunday School Treat & Day’s Meeting

Location: Sussex Regional High School (Same Venue at the conference in October)

Description:

Saturday January 23: The annual Sunday School treat will commence with supper at 6pm and the Sunday School program immediately following supper.

Sunday January 24: The Annual Days meeting will commence at 10am in the High School on Sunday.

Lesson for the Lord’s Day

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

But a certain Samaritan, as He journeyed, came where he was, and when He saw him, He had compassion on him. Luke 10:33

Webster’s dictionary defines compassion as to suffer with another; hence, sympathy; sorrow for the distressed or unfortunate with the desire to help. If that is true (and who are we to argue with Webster?) then the compassion of the Lord Jesus was far beyond merely feeling sorry for us and wanting to help us. The parable of the Good Samaritan provides a wonderful demonstration of His compassion. Just as the Samaritan in the parable, the Lord Jesus journeyed and came to where we were. All the way from the ivory palaces to this world of woe, from the praise and devotion of seraphim to the shame and spitting of the Sanhedrin, from the pinnacle of glory’s praise to the depths of Golgotha’s sorrows, that’s the demonstration of Jesus’ compassion for us. He is our example of compassion.

Firstly, the Lord Jesus is our example by living His compassion. Not only was His coming into the world an act of compassion, but so was His walk through this world. think of all of those He ministered to who were sick and suffering, grieving and fearful. His deeply caring heart flowed with compassion that was manifested in every step He took, every act He performed, every sentence He spoke. The extent of His compassion is shown in His sacrifice for us at Calvary, His willingness to endure all of the suffering of body, soul, and spirit to purchase our redemption. He lived His compassion.

The Lord Jesus also taught compassion. The account of the Good Samaritan is not only a description of what the Lord Jesus has done for us, it is also a description of how we should respond to the needs of others. He is teaching us that we are not to discriminate in any way when we reach out to those who are hurting and perishing. He is teaching us not to limit our efforts when it comes to helping those in need, but to to as far as it takes to reach them. He is teaching us that our hearts should also be compassionate, and to display that compassion. He taught His compassion.

Thirdly, the Lord Jesus expects His compassion from us. Having given us an example and a description of compassion, He tells us ‘Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted (compassionate), forgiving one another’ (Ephesians 4:32). He asks us in 1 John 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? If the primary goal of a Christian’s life is to be like the life of the Lord Jesus, we must allow compassion to be the dominant force in our life.

The Lord Jesus had compassion, far more compassion than we are capable of. But He has not set us a standard to meet, but an example to follow. -Jim MacIntosh

Tidings for Tuesday

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1

On October 22, 2013, police in Santa Rosa, California, noticed a teenager carrying what appeared to be an AK-47 assault gun in the city’s Moorland Avenue neighbourhood. Although it was an airsoft gun (a non-lethal replica), the device did not have an orange tip, which is a legal requirement for all toy guns. Carrying it was 13-year-old Andy Lopez, a grade 8 student who attended Lewis Opportunity School in Santa Rosa, who also had a replica pistol in his pocket. There are conflicting reasons given as to why Lopez was carrying the replica firearms, with some stating that he was returning them to a friend and others saying that he was supposedly going to use them to try and scare a friend as a joke. Two police deputies approached, one of them remaining in the police vehicle while the other called out to the teenager to drop the weapon. Instead, young Lopez turned and aimed his gun at the officer. At that moment, the officer in the police car opened fire, and the teenager was dead. Apparently, Andy Lopez had never been taught to obey his parents. So when it was critical that he obey the police, he didn’t think it was necessary. We do our children no favours by not expecting them to obey their parents.

Children who never learn to obey their parents have a difficult time adjusting to a world where obedience is a necessary part of society’s structure. Disobedient students get poor grades in school and find few opportunities for employment. Disobedient employees are usually demoted or fired. Disobedient citizens land in jail. Disobedient friends find themselves alone. There are times when every one of us need to do as we are told, and the place to learn how is in the home. Sadly, far too many homes are broken and disfunctional these days, and far too many children do not get their training they need. This should never be the case in the Christian home, where the Word of God is read and the order of God is observed. Children will thrive in such an environment, and will be prepared for a life of both service and leadership. But while our text is an important one for parents to note, it is not specifically directed at the parents, but at the children.

Paul does not say, ‘Parents, make your children obey’. No, he directly addresses the children. The Greek term used in the original refers to children who are under their parent’s care, both pre-adolescents and teenagers. This verse is specifically for them, telling them that obeying their Christian parents is the right thing to do. The term ‘in the Lord’ refers to parents who are living for the Lord and who desire their children to do likewise. Such parents will use wise judgment and scriptural principles in leading and directing their children. And the children will be truly blessed to obey them.

Rather than suppressing children, our text offers them an opportunity to rise to the best that their parents – and the Lord – would have for them.  -Jim MacIntosh

Meditation for Monday

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Charity never faileth, but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall cease. 1 Corinthians 13:8

Some hardy little shrubs grew along the path behind the old schoolhouse, and we brushed past them as we made our way to play in the woods behind. We noticed those shrubs looked the same every year, never seeming to grow or shrink. Although they were shorter than the goldenrod that grew along the same path, these shrubs were different. The goldenrod, clovers, and other grasses that grew along the same path sprang up each spring, flourished through the growing season, then died in the fall. They were good for only one season. Those shrubs, on the other hand, were permanent, leafing in the spring, dropping their leaves in the fall, and enduring through the snowdrifts of winter to releaf the next spring. As far as I know, those shrubs are there yet. They remind me of love as the constant and eternal feature of all that we have in Christ.

Our text speaks of prophecies failing. Prophecies were integral to the early days of Christianity, as God would reveal His truth to faithful men. But as the Word of God was delivered, as the writings of the apostles filled the canon of Scripture, there came at time when prophecies had no more purpose. The Bible being completed, the Holy Spirit had no new revelations to impart. The revelations each of us receive nowadays come as the Holy Spirit instructs us from the Word of God as already delivered. We do not need prophecies anymore. But we need love.

Neither do we need the gift of tongues. This gift of languages was given at the time of Pentecost to deliver the Gospel message to all of those who heard the apostles preach. This gift continued for some time in some areas, as God proved the authenticity of what His people were delivering. These were real languages, not the gibberish featured by the charismatic organizations around us. And they were not intended to prove some advanced form of spirituality, as those charismatics claim. This gift soon became unnecessary as the Gospel spread, as people shared the message far and wide with others in their own tongues. Because this gift became unnecessary, it has ceased. But love has not.

The vanishing away of knowledge will take a little longer, but it too shall occur. Our text is speaking of our earthly knowledge, that which we have learned from Scripture, from study, from ministry and Bible studies, from experience. This knowledge provides the foundation for our Christian life, with instruction, encouragement, correction, and inspiration as we make our way through our sojourn here. But this knowledge is imperfect, flawed by our failing memories, our inability to understand, and our own ideas and impressions. We need perfect knowledge in the Glory, and we shall have it, leaving behind the imperfect knowledge that we now possess. But love will never be left behind.

The love of Christ that constrains us in time will only grow and flourish as we enter eternity, leaving behind those things that are no longer needed. -Jim MacIntosh

Food for Friday

Friday, February 15th, 2013

So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he did eat continually at the king’s table, and was lame on both his feet. 2 Samuel 9:13

If Mephibosheth were living today, I believe he would have made a good addition to one of God’s Assemblies. There is much about this man that is comparable to Christians of today. Features of his life after he was brought from Lodebar by David are similar to the features of New Testament Assembly principles.

For one thing, Mephibosheth was occupying a place that was his solely by the grace of the king. We acknowledge that our place in God’s Assembly is not something that we in our unsaved days would have ever sought, or ever been able to attain. How gracious of God to bring us into the fellowship where the Lord Jesus has placed His Name! May we ever appreciate it as much as Mephibosheth appreciated his seat at David’s table.

We are also told that Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem. He has no interest in the old life in Lodebar. He has a new and better home; no other place will do, because David is there. Can we ever be content in a place that bears the name of men’s ideas or mortal heroes rather than the Name of the Lord Jesus? Our home is His presence.

Mephibosheth was continually at David’s table, just as members of God’s Assembly feast weekly on the emblems that remind us of His death, feast daily on the Word of His truth, and feast hourly on the goodness of His drawing us unto Himself and His Assembly.

Despite his newly exalted position, Mephibosheth remains lame. He can never forget that his place at David’s table is not because of his own capabilities but because of David’s grace. We too are reminded that despite our salvation, we are still in sinful bodies, still helpless to accomplish anything outside of God’s power and direction.

Are we like Mephibosheth? Do we appreciate the King’s table? Like him, we are former enemies who rejoice at His marvellous peace and eternal friendship. In God’s Assembly, we can fully appreciate our King. -Jim MacIntosh

Sermon for Saturday

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. John 20:24

I had other things to do that evening, so I opted to do them instead of going to the midweek prayer meeting. I succeeded in getting my tasks done, and felt I had made the right choice. But the next day, one of the Christians called to tell me about the meeting. Instead of the prayer meeting, they had held a missionary meeting. It turned out that a missionary we had been supporting was in town for a visit and had offered to give a report. I was disappointed, because I had missed hearing the report from the missionary. But I had actually missed an even more important Person who was in attendance.

How many meetings of your Assembly does the Lord Jesus attend? According to Matthew 18:20, He is at every one of them. At most meetings, one person or another is not able to make it, because of illness, work, or being away from home. And sometimes, some feel the meeting is not as important as other things they can do. Those people miss out on the presence of the Lord. We don’t know why Thomas failed to attend the first meeting when Jesus appeared to His disciples, so we can’t cast too much criticism at him for not being there. But we can make note of what he missed by not attending. Had he known that Jesus would be there, he would undoubtedly have made a great effort to attend. If we allow the realization that the Lord Jesus is going to be at each Assembly meeting to grip us as it should, we will miss very few of those meetings.

Our text identifies Thomas as one of the twelve. He was definitely within the fellowship of that special group. He had participated in all of the activities that the disciples engaged in during Jesus’ ministry. He had taken part in the discussions during and after the crucifixion. He must surely have known all about the gathering that night. There is no reason to believe that his doubting the resurrection was something that applied to him alone. If it had been another disciple who had missed that meeting, that other disciple would probably have done the same as Thomas. So it wasn’t a matter of who missed the meeting, but it was the fact that a meeting was missed.

Missing meetings can cause us to miss out on some very important events. Like Thomas, we should have been there. -Jim MacIntosh

Thought for Thursday

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful. Colossians 3:15

We took our three-year-old granddaughter to the hardware store, where she showed a keen interest in the many fascinating things she found there. Her bubbly personality and constant chatter caught the attention of one of the clerks, who talked to her and showed her how to use the big magnet to pick up loose nails that had fallen from their bins onto the floor. The clerk told Grace to be sure to collect a lollipop at the checkout, for being a good girl. At the checkout, the multicoloured lollipop was so fascinating that Grace almost forgot to thank the lady who gave it to her. Almost, but she did express her thanks, and was complimented for her good manners. Grace did better than most people nowadays, who are rarely thankful for anything. On the other hand, Christians should be thankful for everything.

Being thankful is far more than good manners. Being thankful shows a proper attitude to God for all his loving kindness and to those around us for their kindness and care. Perhaps thanklessness comes from the spirit of entitlement that is part of the baby boom generation, and their children. Living in a world where there was always enough and often too much, a world where raising a little fuss would often get us whatever we wanted, a world in which parents preferred to pamper rather than discipline their children, has produced a world where thanklessness is a way of life. This attitude became very obvious in the occupy moment that occurred in many major cities throughout our land and in other countries. Instead of appreciating what they had, occupiers demanded what other people have, regardless of whether they earned or deserved it. When it comes to the blessings of God, you and I could never earn or deserve them. That’s why we should always be thankful. That’s why everything we receive from God, or from anyone else for that matter, should cause us to respond with deep gratitude. As Christians, we have far more to be thankful for than others do. We should cultivate an attitude of thankfulness, and we should freely express our thanks.

Our thanks should always be the first thing mentioned in our prayers. Oh, how good our God has been to us! We must appreciate our salvation and all the great blessings that spring from it. We must also appreciate all the temporal blessings we receive, acknowledging that we did not even deserve the drink of cold water we last enjoyed. Our families also deserve a lot of thanks for putting up with us, and for all they do. So do the other members of our Assembly. And when was the last time you thanked the members of your Assembly oversight for their care and guidance? Keep in mind that a thankful spirit is a good testimony and goes a long ways in attracting sinners to the Gospel.

Counting our blessings ever day will help to keep us thankful, but we can never be thankful enough. -Jim MacIntosh

Corn Hill Gospel Meetings

Monday, July 18th, 2011

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Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

This wonderful treatise on love that we find in this chapter is considered one of the most magnificent classics in all of world literature. Even ungodly men recognize in this chapter the splendour of expression and depth of meaning that have thrilled the hearts of believers for centuries. This opening verse of the chapter tells us what we are if we do not have love.

The love that is spoken of here is agape, the Greek word that expresses God’s great love to the world and the Christian’s love for the souls of men. Our verse tells us that without this love, we are nothing more than the boom from a gong or a jingle from a little bell. Nothing but a noise, empty and meaningless.

Speaking with the tongues of men and of angels sounds like quite an achievement. Such a person is able to converse ably with the wisest of earth in any place and situation. This is no mean feat. And as for the tongues of angels, this person has a grasp of heavenly truths, a knowledge of the Word of God, is able to express in preaching and praying the great knowledge of scripture. Such a person must be a wonderful help to people, a wonderful blessing to those around him. Not unless this person has a heart of love. Without love, such a person provides only for the eardrums.

What do you know about this love? What do you do about this love? Do I love as this verse commands? -Jim MacIntosh