Sunday, December 1: Pastor VandenBerg for both services.
Preparatory for the Lord’s Supper.
Sunday, December 8: Pastor VandenBerg for both services.
Lord’s Supper will be administered during the AM service.
Wednesday , December 11: Prayer Meeting - 7:00PM
ON Saturday, December 14, at 9:30AM, there will be a breakfast at Arnies' Restaurant on Leonard Street to commemorate the birthday of Mrs. VandenBert. All women and girls 9th grade and older, are invited.
Those who are interested in Confession of Faith Class, please talk to one of the consistory members.
The Christmas concert is Saturday, December 28 at 7:00pm. All songs should be given to Roberta as soon as possible but before December 14.
House Visitation Schedule
December 4 – Barnard Family - 7:00PM
December 9 – Bazen Family - 7:30PM
December 16 – J. Boerkoel Family - 7:30Pm
*(If this will not work for you, please let J. Bazen know as soon as possible.)
“The things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” 2 Corinthians 4: 18.
A subject stands out on the face of this text, which is one of the most solemn and heart-searching in the Bible. That subject is eternity, or immortality. The subject is one of which the wisest man can only take in a little. We have no eyes to see it fully, no line to fathom it, no mind to grasp it; and yet we must not refuse to consider it. There are star-depths in the heavens above us which the most powerful telescope cannot pierce; yet it is well to look into them and learn something, if we cannot learn everything. There are heights and depths about the subject of eternity which mortal man can never comprehend; but God has spoken of it, and we have no right to turn away from it altogether. The subject is one which we must never approach without the Bible in our hands. The moment we depart from "God's written Word," in considering eternity and the future state of man, we are likely to fall into error. In examining points like these we have nothing to do with preconceived notions as to what is God's character, and what we think God ought to be, or ought to do with man after death. We have only to find out what is written. "What says the Scripture? What says the Lord?" It is wild work to tell us that we ought to have "noble thoughts about God," independent of, and over and above, Scripture. Natural religion soon comes to a standstill here. The noblest thoughts about God which we have a right to hold are the thoughts which He has been pleased to reveal to us in His "written Word”. Let us contemplate that we live in a world where all things are temporary and passing away. That man must be blind indeed who cannot realize this. Everything around us is decaying, dying, and coming to an end. We are all "going, going, going," whether high or low, gentle or simple, rich or poor, old or young. We are all going, and shall soon be "gone." Beauty is only temporary. Sarah was once the fairest of women, and had the admiration of the Court of Egypt; yet a day came when even Abraham, her husband, said, "Let me bury my dead out of my sight." (Gen. 23:4.) Strength of body is only temporary. David was once a mighty man of valor, the slayer of the lion and the bear, and the champion of Israel against Goliath; yet a day came when even David had to be nursed and ministered like a child in his old age. Wisdom and vitality of the brain are only temporary. Solomon was once a prodigy of knowledge, and all the kings of the earth came to hear his wisdom; yet even Solomon in his latter days played the fool exceedingly, and allowed his wives to turn away his heart. Humbling and painful as these truths may sound, it is good for us to realize them and lay them to heart. The houses we live in, the homes we love, the riches we accumulate, the professions we follow, the plans we form, the relations we enter into, they are only for a time. "The things seen are temporary." "The fashion of this world passes away." (1 Cor. 7:31.)
-- J. C. Ryle.
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You are welcome to listen our Sunday Service's beginning at 9:15 AM and 6:30 PM. Today's services will led by our Pastor, Rev. J. A. VandenBerg, the Lord willing. The text will be from Psalm 49, this evening.