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Word for Wednesday

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Philippians 1:3

Memory experts tell us that whenever we hear someone speaking a name, a picture of a person comes into our mind. Unless it is an obscure name that you have never heard before, every name carries with it a memory, and that usually results in the face of a person with whom we associate that name. Give it a try; ask someone to toss a few names at you, and see if the memory experts are correct. Some names will trigger an emotional response because they bring before us a person who was – and maybe still is – very special to us. Other names will cause us to smile, or even laugh, as we are reminded of something pleasant or funny about somebody. And then there are those, like the folks the Apostle Paul is referring to in today’s text, whose names come before us and cause us to be thankful for them.

Looking over your spiritual life, who do you have to be thankful for? Surely the ones who brought you the Gospel and who were used of God in bringing you to conviction and repentance! The memory of these folks is precious. So too is the memory of a brother who God used to provide a word of ministry at a crucial time in your young Christian experience. Where would you have been without that important message? The names of the elders who interviewed you for baptism and Assembly reception are very precious to many, not only for those specific interviews but also for their care and direction in those early days. Thank God for the remembrance of such.

What about the missionaries and the Lord’s servants who we have seen go forth, and have taken an interest in? When their names come up, we bow and give God thanks that they are seeing blessing and God’s guidance. Let’s also not forget the Assembly oversight and the dear sisters in your assembly who are faithful in their care and interest in your spiritual welfare. Keep the list going; I am sure you can think of many others for us to be thankful for as we remember them.

Do you know if anybody gives thanks for you when they remember your name? We ought to live and serve Christ in such a way that our name will prompt thanks to God. -Jim MacIntosh

Meditation for Monday

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto Him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. Luke 9:57

During a recent election campaign, as the various political parties clamored for as many votes as they could possibly wring out of the gullible public, I was reminded of an old saying about election platforms being like railway platforms: they’re not to stand on but to get in on. Many politicians seem to live on hope; hope that the voters will forget all the promises that were made during the campaign. But it’s not only in politics that broken promises abound. Look at the soaring divorce rates around us and see that every marriage breakup is the result of two people who are unable or unwilling to keep some lifelong promises they made to each other. Many children leave home because of broken promises by their parents, and many parents have broken hearts because of promises that their children never intended to keep. It’s actually pretty easy to make a promise… all it takes is a few words. But to keep a promise, that takes a commitment and often carries a price tag. Our text contains a promise that Jesus could tell was just the uttering of words.

Some promises are pretty trivial and their breaking has little consequences. But some are very important, and their breaking has dire consequences. No promise could be more important than that uttered by the man in our text. A promise to unconditionally and unreservedly follow Jesus was surely a great promise. But how great a commitment such a promise demands! As you and I consider this man’s promise, how much of it are you or I willing to make. And how much would we be willing to keep?

Following Jesus is what we should be willing to do as Christians. And the Holy Spirit gives us the power to do so, as we allow Him to control us. The man in today’s text did not know that Jesus was on his way to Calvary. But we do know that. Would we be willing to risk our lives, pour out our abilities and energies, and give up our own ideas and purposes to follow Jesus? Many have done so, and many have paid high prices. However, the high prices they have paid have all been eternally invested with no possibility of a failure in Heaven’s bank.

Jesus has kept His promise to us, and has forever sheltered our souls from wrath and guaranteed us the eternal bliss of His glorious presence. Can we make, and keep promises to Him, secure in the knowledge that He will forever appreciate? -Jim MacIntosh

Sussex Winter Weekend

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Title: Sussex Winter Weekend

Location: Sussex, NB

Description: Annual Winter Weekend of Fun!Skiing at Poley, Swimming at the Civic Center, and Skating at CTR.
Supper and Hymn Sing at 6pm Jubilee Hall 50 Perry St, Sussex.

Date: January 25, 2020

Days Meeting to follow on Sunday, January 26th, 10AM @ Sussex Regional High School.

Sermonette for Saturday

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and brake it and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is My body. Matthew 26:26

The bread that the Lord Jesus used to institute the Lord’s Supper did not look much like the loaves that we use to carry out this feast today. That which He took in His hands to break and distribute to His disciples was the unleavened bread that was part of the Passover meal. It was prohibited to have a raised loaf of bread, so the Lord Jesus took the Passover bread – or matzoh – and made His illustration from it. This bread was large, round, and very flat, and would have been browned on both sides. Its surface would have borne the marks of a knife or fork that was used to release air and allow the bread to lie flat in the pan as it baked. Matzoh was often sweetened with honey. This type of bread is almost unknown among Gentiles but it does provide us with some lovely pictures of the body of the Lord Jesus, as our text makes clear.

Because leaven speaks of sin, so unleavened bread reminds us that the Lord Jesus was without sin. Because the bread was flat, it reminds us that the Lord Jesus was humble and obedient even to the death of the cross. Because the bread was pierced, we are reminded that the Lord Jesus allowed His wicked creatures to pierce His head, His hands and feet, and His side. The very appearance of that unleavened bread causes us to give thanks to the One Who proclaimed Himself the Bread of Life, Who gave Himself that we might have life through Him.

Consider how, in contrast to the Seder meal in which each participant takes his portion of the bread, the Lord Jesus broke the bread, and gave to the disciples. This difference must have been noticed by them. We notice it today, as we realize that for each of us, the Lord Jesus allowed His body to suffer for our sins, and to each of us as individuals He offered His great gift of salvation. We have received from Himself that portion that gives to us everlasting life.

We can watch a loaf of bread as it rises, browns, and bakes in an oven, just as an Israelite could watch as the matzoh was baked in a frying pan. We can see how the heat affects the dough, and how there is that moment when the baker knows the bread is cooked. But when we turn our minds to Calvary, we can with difficulty grasp the terrible torments that wicked men placed on the body of our Lord. The battering, bruising, lashing, and piercing were not anything that we have ever seen or felt. When the cloak of darkness fell over that scene, we lose all ability to grasp the impact of the wrath of God against our sin as it fell on His righteous Son.

The taking of the bread fills our hearts with eternal thanks that the Lord Jesus gave His body for us. -Jim MacIntosh

Word for Wednesday

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. Matthew 7:6

Consider the picture of the altar in the temple, with a offering burning upon it. As the offering is being consumed, the attending priest takes one of the hooks used for tending to the offering, and pulls a piece of the meat off the body of the sacrifice. Carrying the meat with the hook, the priest makes his way out of the temple and casts the meat to one of the hungry half-wild dogs that frequented the streets of Jerusalem. The people watching would be shocked and would declare the act to be blasphemy. They would be angry that a sacrifice offered to God had been tossed to an unclean beast that was never to come into God’s presence. It is highly unlikely that such a scene ever occurred in ancient Jerusalem. But something very near to it is occurring among some who would call themselves Christians today.

Just as the ancient Israelites worshipped God in the offering of sacrifices, the Lord’s people of today worship God in offering the sacrifice of praise, in particular in the partaking of the bread and cup in remembrance of the Lord’s death. Care is taken that those who participate in this holy ordinance are true worshippers, those who have a genuine appreciation for the One Who is being remembered. If some would wonder why we do not open the participation to all who want to do so, we point to today’s text. No more holy or sacred event occurs in our lives than the weekly participation in the Lord’s Supper. Dare we allow participation by the unredeemed or the unappreciative?

There are groups, some claiming even to resemble our Assemblies, that make no restriction on those who would participate in the Lord’s Supper. They leave the determination of whether to participate up to the person. But consider the ancient temple, where dogs were not allowed. Neither were Gentiles, often referred to as dogs by the Jews. No Gentile could enter that holy place and make an offering. But some places today see no connection between the ancient principle and the modern practice. So the dogs are given that which is holy, and God is mocked, and His Son dishonoured. As the temple guards prevented dogs from entering the place of sacrifice, so must we today prevent those with no discernment of Christ from participating in our act of worship.

The dictionary defines casting pearls before swine as giving things of value to those who do not understand or appreciate them. Let us not be guilty of casting pearls before swine by giving that which is holy to dogs. -Jim MacIntosh

Community Gospel Services

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Title: Community Gospel Services

Commencing Feb 10 into March. Every Night @ 7pm except Saturday night. Located at 60 Maple Ave, Sussex, NB.

Speakers: Shad Kember & Duncan Beckett

Special Gospel Meetings

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

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