Announcements for August 22

Calendar (D.V.)
Today, August 22: Rev. C. Engelsma am.  Dr. J. Bilkes pm.

Wednesday, August 25: Prayer Meeting at 7 pm. Will Heikoop
Sunday, August 29: Dr. J. Bilkes for both services.
Wednesday, September 1: Lay Preaching at 7:00 pm
Friday, Saturday, September 3, 4: Family Camp Cranhill Ranch
September 5: Rev. C. Engelsma for am.  Dr. J. Bilkes for pm.

Saturday, September 11: Sumba Fundraiser: Meeuwse Farm
Sunday, September 12: Dr. J Bilkes for both services
Sunday, September 12: Christian Education classes begin
Wednesday, September 15: Titus 2 7:30 pm Barb Meeuwse Phil 4:2-9

Collection Schedule:

  • Today General Fund & Mission (Hudson Taylor)
  • August 29 General Fund & Ministry Support Fund

Announcements:

  • The Mission collection for the month of August is for the Hudson Taylor Ministries. Their website states, “The current worrisome developments in China have led us to temporarily close down our web site. We ask for your prayers relating the difficulties the church in China is experiencing at this time.” www.hudsontaylor.us. We are aware that this organization continues to support Christians in China; therefore, perhaps more than ever, we recommend this cause to your generosity.
  • For those attending Family Camp, please complete the registration form in your mailbox and forward to Coral Hoffmann by August 29.
  • Equipped Community is hosting a conference September 17-18, 2021 on understanding Critical Theory and a Biblical approach to the social issues it raises. This year’s conference is open to high school students and adults of any age. Find details and registration at: bit.ly/EQ2021register. Send questions to contact@equippedcommunity.org.
  • The consistory has decided to update the English of the Apostle’s Creed to be more in line with current vernacular as follows:  “quick and dead” to “living and dead”  “an holy catholic church” to “a holy catholic church”

Meditation:

Luke 8:47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before Him, she declared unto Him before all the people for what cause she touched Him and how she was healed immediately. 48. And He said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Let us see lastly, in this passage, how much our Lord desires that those who have received benefit from Him should confess Him before men. We are told that He did not allow this woman to retire from the crowd unheeded. He enquired, “who had touched Him.” He enquired again, until the woman came forward and “declared” her case before all the people. And then came the gracious words, “Daughter be of good comfort. Thy faith hath made thee whole.”

Confession of Christ is a matter of great importance. Let this never be forgotten by true Christians. The work that we can do for our blessed Master is little and poor. Our best endeavors to glorify Him are weak and full of imperfections.  Our prayers and praises are sadly defective. Our knowledge and love are miserably small. But do we feel within that Christ has healed our souls? Then can we not confess Christ before men? Can we not plainly tell others that Christ has done everything for us, – that we were dying of a deadly disease, and were cured, – that we were lost, and are now found, – that we were blind, and now see? Let us do this boldly and not be afraid. Let us not be ashamed to let all men know what Jesus has done for our souls. Our Master loves to see us doing so. He likes His people not to be ashamed of His name. It is a solemn saying of St. Paul, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thy heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). It is a still more solemn saying of Christ Himself, “Whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed.” (Luke 9:26)     J.C. Ryle

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