SECOND DONEGORE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?
The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
1st Corinthians 10 16-17 (KJV)
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
When I am anxious about some risky new venture or meeting, I battle unbelief with one of my most often-used promises.
The day I left for three years to study in Germany, my father called me long distance in New York and gave me the promise of this verse on the telephone. For three years, I must have quoted it to myself hundreds of times to get me through periods of tremendous stress.
When the motor of my mind is in neutral, the hum of the gears is the sound of Isaiah 41:10. I love this verse.
Of course, it’s not the only dagger in the arsenal of my faith.
When I am anxious about my ministry being useless and empty, I fight unbelief with the promise of Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
When I am anxious about being too weak to do my work, I battle unbelief with the promise of Christ, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
When I am anxious about decisions I have to make about the future, I battle unbelief with the promise, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).
When I am anxious about facing opponents, I battle unbelief with the promise, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
When I am anxious about the welfare of those I love, I battle unbelief with the promise that if I, being evil, know how to give good things to my children, “how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).
So by all means fight unbelief with every promise in the book. But it helps to have one central, default weapon. And for me that has been Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Precious, precious promise!
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17th NOVEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS 2019
Sunday 17th November
11.30am Good morning and a warm welcome to our
Communion Service today conducted by
Rev. Alastair Gordon.
The reading will be taken from Psalm 119 v 49 – 64
7.00pm Thanksgiving Service
Thank you to all who supported the Shoe box appeal
Monday 18th November
8.00pm Ladies prayer time in choir room.
Tuesday 19th November
7.00pm - 8.00pm Junior C.E in the Stables.
Wednesday 20th November
7.30pm Prayer in the Conn room. Everyone welcome.
8.00pm Christianity Explored. Session 6. There will be a cup of
tea/coffee, video section and then workbook.
Saturday 23rd November
8.00am Prayer in the Session Room.
Sunday 24th November
11.00am Prayer in the School House.
11.30am Rev. Ian McClean will speak on the work of the
Middle East Reformed Fellowship.