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Thursday, November 25th, 2010

For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you, for I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them in Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago, and your zeal hath provoked very many. 2 Corinthians 9:1,2

What would the apostle have written if this was his letter to your Assembly? Would his words sounded anything like this? What has your Assembly done lately to help poor Christians, or others living in poverty and difficult circumstances? How much money has been distributed this year? And how much last year? How many hours do the folks in the Assembly spend gathering clothes and other articles to send to very needy places such as Ukraine?

What about you personally? How deeply into your pockets have you reached to help a saint in need? What is your budget for helping those with less resources than yourself? How many items have you assembled to contribute to this very worthy cause? And have you sought out bargains for supplies that you can buy to contribute? How much inconvenience have you accepted to enable others to obtain the food and clothing and other materials that they need?

The Lord Jesus spoke frequently about the poor, in fact, He majored on it many times. It’s important, actually one of the most important aspects of our lives. But we in North America have developed the ability to keep the needy out of sight and out of mind, and therefore out of pocketbook. We don’t know about the need, so we don’t offer to help out.

That’s no excuse. Scripture reminds us often to seek out the needy, to look for the need, and be quick to offer what we can to help.

When was the last time you went without a meal? There are many who can’t remember the last time they had a good meal, and others who have no idea where the next meal is coming from. We have it in our power to do something.

Be among the many who have been provoked to generosity by the example of the Corinthians. -Jim MacIntosh

Monday, August 9th, 2010

On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people, and therein was found written that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God forever. Nehemiah 13:1

Unlike the Edomite and the Egyptian, who could come into the congregation after three generations, the Ammonite and the Moabite was forever barred from the congregation. If we read the portion in Deuteronomy that is referred to here, we find that the Ammonites and Moabites refused hospitality to God’s people as they made their way through the wilderness, and they hired Balaam to curse the Israelites.

The Lord told His disciples that the world would hate them because it hated Him. But that is not an excuse for their hatred. The Lord will not and does not excuse the world’s hatred and evil treatment of His own. Undoubtedly a major reason why so many perish in their sins is their despising and cursing of Christians. Mark well those who speak evil of the Lord’s own children; they will not escape punishment for their words and deeds.

Something important happened when this portion of Scripture was read. The people took notice, and separation occurred. The mixed multitude found itself on the outside. This should come as no surprise, because a careful and accurate reading of Scripture always produces separation. God makes a difference between the holy and the profane, between the redeemed and the unrepentant, between the worshipper and the despiser, between the believer and the blasphemer. And He marks that difference clearly, and expects his people to do so as well.

We have become slack concerning the mixed multitude. Those who do not appreciate the things of God are allowed to dabble in those things. Let us be careful that only those with a clear profession of faith and a genuine love for God’s truth and presence enter into the holy place of our worship. Ours is a blood-bought right to be there. Outsiders have no right. -Jim MacIntosh

Tidings for Tuesday

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

The rich people of this world are divided into two very distinct classes: Those who have a great deal of money, and those who have very little need of things. If you are like me, you probably don’t know very many people of the first type. The Lord’s people are noted for being in humble circumstances, and while there are those among us who have large incomes and resources, they are few. But the interesting thing is that those rich people of the second type can be any of us, with the right attitude. If we reduce our expectations and desires significantly, we can be rich with what we have. I think Paul’s words in today’s text are directed at those saints who have a proper view of material things.
Note that Paul does not say God will supply our desires or our wishes. I might want a newer, more powerful computer. But the one I am using is still functioning. You might desire that lovely coat in the shop window, but your current coat is still serviceable and adequate. It’s nice to get new and better things, but God, Who knows what we truly need, does not promise us those things. However, He Who knows what we truly need has promised to supply those needs. If God’s provision has not extended to you something that you long for, maybe He’s telling you that you don’t need it. Otherwise, He would have supplied it.
Today’s text is a wonderful promise! Properly understood and accepted, this promise should eliminate ulcers among God’s people. We have nothing to worry about; all our needs are guaranteed. The Lord, who knows far better than we do what we need presents to us this unconditional guarantee of supply. His knowledge of our needs coupled with His perfect love for us ought to delight our souls today.

The more we understand and appreciate that God’s care for us extends to all our needs, the more wealthy we become. If we want what He wants for us, and if we allow Him to supply us, all our needs are met. And that makes us rich! -Jim MacIntosh

 

 

 

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Then said Jeremiah the prophet unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah, the Lord hath not sent thee, but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. Jeremiah 28:15

Hananiah was a prophet, but he was a false one who gave the people what they wanted to hear. He had prophesied that the yoke of Nebuchadnessar would be broken, and the people would be freed from the punishment that God had allowed the king of Babylon to bring upon them. Jeremiah challenged this false prophet, and within the year, Hananiah was in his grave.

The world abounds in false prophets, evil people who make their followers to believe lies. There are many well-known ones, such as the leaders of cults and other world religions. Such false and evil prophets as Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Charles Russell, and many others, have used their lies to deceive many millions of people. However, there are many others whose names are not well known, at least not recognized as false, who are just as dangerous and just as deceiving.

Information was recently circulated about a course on miracles being actively promoted by Oprah Winfrey. The woman who developed this course bases it on so-called revelations she received from a Christ who is definitely not the Christ of the Bible. This so-called Christ is said to have told her that the crucifixion was unnessary and that there is no such thing as sin, among other New Age nonsense.

We need to be on the lookout for such deceivers, and faithfully warn younger Christians to be careful about paying any attention to them.

Jeremiah was a faithful and true prophet. He knew that God’s people had sinned. He knew why they were being punished. And he knew they would be restored eventually.

The Bible is totally faithful. Trust its message today for all your needs. Ignore the liars. -Jim MacIntosh

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. Hebrews 1:3

There is a saying regarding family-run businesses that become very successful: ‘Shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations’. What this means is that a man who starts from humble beginnings to build a great business may see his own children carry on successfully with the business, but his grandchildren will bring the business down to destruction. But what we see in today’s text is the very opposite of that in that the person of the Lord Jesus went from the highly exalted position in His Father’s bosom, humbled Himself in obedience and went to the shameful and humiliating cross to die, and from there rose in triumph to be seated at the pinnacle of power and glory forever.

We cannot fathom the brightness of the glory that was His in Heaven. Peter, James, and John received but a slight glimpse of that glory as they viewed the Lord’s discussion with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration. But they were unable to express much more than the brightness of it. And who among us can comprehend the depths of the expression that tells us that the Lord Jesus was – and is – the express image of God? We know that the Father and the Son are co-eternally equal. But that’s as far as we can take it. We also can accept, but only by faith, that the Lord Jesus did, and always will, uphold all of things by the word of His power. That includes all of earth, all of creation, all that is in Heaven above. And that is the position from which He stooped to rescue poor sinners.

Today, our attention is focused on what transpired when our Saviour set aside most of the evidence of the glory that was His. We remember what He had to endure in order to purge our sins. We remember the humility of His life, from the lowly Bethlehem birth to the shameful Golgotha crucifixion. We remember how the world had nothing but the outside place for Him, the only crown they would give Him was one of thorns, the only exalted position they would give Him was one that was accorded the worst of criminals.

We also remember today His resurrection. By His own power, He shed the shackles of death, which had no power over His sinless Person. On this resurrection morning, we also hail Him who has risen not only from the tomb but also from this earthly platform. His today is the highest position. And we worship Him who is worthy to receive all honour, glory, and majesty. -Jim MacIntosh

Sermon for Saturday

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5

One of the best definitions I ever heard for a gentleman is a man who would never deliberately or knowingly hurt anybody. That covers a lot of territory. It means a gentleman would never resort to violence against family, friends, fellow workers, or even strangers unless the situation were urgent and the provocation highly justified. Nor would a gentleman resort to unkind acts or unpleasant behavior toward any person. A gentleman would also refrain from unkind, derogatory, or abusive language toward anyone. A gentleman would speak no lies, engage in no gossip, and would tell no tales. A gentleman would be a pleasant and comfortable person with whom to spend much time. All the same applies to a gentlewoman. Our text today urges us to be gentlemen and gentlewomen… the word ‘moderation’ is actually the word for gentleness.

The reason why we should be gentle is the Lord’s nearness. We can look at that in two ways. Firstly, the nearness of the Lord reminds us of His gentleness. The Gospels record a life that was perfect in its example of a gentleman. Our Saviour was always kind and gentle to those around Him. He was considerate of all. And as we read the Gospels, we hold in our hands the handbook of being as gentle as we should be. The Lord’s example is near.

But the Lord is near in another sense, in that His presence is always with us. As we allow the Holy Spirit to control and direct our interactions with others, we will display the gentle spirit of the Lord Jesus. We will be careful not to hurt others, either physically, or hurt their feelings. We will be sweet in our words and deeds.

We can also read our text so as to understand that it is the Lord’s coming that is near. If He were to come today, would He find us displaying His gentleness? How thrilling to rise into His presence from a scene we are conducting ourselves as He woulde act!

This world is not a gentle place. But we who belong to the Lord can make such a difference, if we will let our gentleness be know to all men. -Jim MacIntosh

Thought for Thursday

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

For thou are an holy people unto the Lord thy God; the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 7:6

The late Albert Ramsay told us of visiting the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, and during the tour of those august chambers, his group was drawn aside because of a special tour that was being conducted for some dignitaries who were also visiting the nation’s capital. The guide referred to them as VIPs – very important people. Albert chuckled and told the person who was with him that, as far as Heaven was concerned, those dignitaries were insignificant, and those two Christians were actually the VIPs. How right he was!

Just like Israel was a special people to God in the Old Testament, we are His special people in this dispensation of grace. Among all of the people who dwelt on the earth during those years, amid all of God’s blessings dispensed on the just and the unjust, His eye was especially on a little group who He was pleased to call His special people.

We know that being God’s special people is not something that we can take credit for. He is the one who has saved us and made us His own. And when the dispensation of grace has ended, God will once again bring Israel into His special place of favour. But now that He has placed us into His own family, we can rejoice at what we are, and we can claim our family privileges.

Yes, we have responsibilities as God’s special people. We need to be ever mindful of Whose we are and Who we serve. But we also need to be aware that God is delighted with us and delights to bless us.

Are you living as one of God’s special people today? Am I? -Jim MacIntosh

Sunday School Treat 2010

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The Annual Sunday School Treat was held on February 13, 2010. Here are some pictures of this special event for the children:

Sermon for Saturday

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

And He said unto them, cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. John 21:6

 

Many commercial fishermen – and many sport fishermen, too – pay substantial money for fish-finding electronic equipment. This gear enables them to find where the fish are, and substantially increases their chances of a good catch. This equipment enables the users to locate any fish that are within range. But no fish-finder ever built is able to match the skill of the One who made the fish and tracks every flip of their fins. We could argue whether Jesus knew where the fish were and told the disciples, or whether He actually directed a school of fish to the fishermen. It doesn’t matter. This account shows that He is sovereign over all creation.

This account also shows that the sovereign Lord also desires to bless us. Never in their years of fishing on that lake had the disciples ever encountered such a haul. The 153 fish were far beyond their expectations that day. After a futile night, these lads had their hoppers filled because of their obedience to a simple command from the Lord.

This same blessing is available to us, too. God does not always place complicated commands in front of us. In fact, most of us couldn’t deal with anything complicated. No, His commands are always simple and direct. And He blesses those who obey. Sometimes the blessing is far beyond the proportion of the effort we put in. But make no mistake, God rewards obedience. Whether it be a straightforward command of Scripture, or the guidance of the Word and the Spirit on an issue surrounding us, we are always benefitted by obeying.

In God’s own time,

In God’s own way,

Who does God’s work

Will get God’s pay.

Missing God’s hand of blessing lately? Maybe there is an obedience problem.

 

-Jim MacIntosh

 

 

 

Ministry Meetings February 2013

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Ministry meetings are planned with Shawn St Clair from Fredericton, NB.

Location: Sussex Gospel Hall
Time: February 18-22, at 7:30pm each night except Tuesday.
Subject: To be announced.