May 2

that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
He will guide us forever.  Psalm 48:14

Since God is eternal and he is our covenant God, we have an eternal possession.  We shall traverse the world a while, and then arrive at the blessings of the everlasting hills (Gen. 49:26).  If a man’s life is blessed by an abundance of goods so that his life is comfortable for a short time, how much more mat the soul be swallowed up with joy in the enjoyment of the Creator whose years never fail?  He can keep us in life, and he lives forever to be enjoyed.  Though death will seize us by God’s irreversible order, the immortal Creator will make even death a victory when he lands us in glorious immortality.  There, we shall enjoy a boundless eternity by the grace of a sovereign and eternal God.  It is impossible that the believer, who is united to the immortal God, will  ever perish, for God is from everlasting to everlasting. He is an ever-flowing fountain of life.  This is the comfort of the church.  After we retire form the world, we shall live forever with God, without any change by the multitude of years and ages that run forever.  God has neither beginning nor end, and that is our God.  Truly we may say, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years.’  Mortality is swallowed up in immortality.  Rivers of pleasure are for evermore.  Death is a word never heard by any; it is forever put out, as one of Christ’s conquered enemies.  Happiness depends upon the presence of God, with whom believers shall be forever present.  Happiness cannot perish as long as God lives; he is the First and the Last: the first of all delights, nothing before him; the last of all pleasures, nothing beyond him; a paradise of delights at every point, without a flaming sword.  The enjoyment of God will be as fresh and glorious after many ages as it was at first.  There will be no decay, he is an everlasting portion.

 

Through the Year with William Still

 

Sinclair Ferguson has publicly stated that no one has had a greater spiritual impact on his life than William Still! William Still was the minister of Gilcomston South Church, Aberdeen, from 1945 to 1997. While his name may not feature in the official annals of the Church of Scotland, it is doubtful whether any other individual in his Church during the latter half of the twentieth century had such a profound or widespread influence. For over fifty years Mr. Still pioneered a single-minded commitment to expository preaching and congregational prayer which made Gilcomston a beacon of Reformed and evangelical Christianity in Scotland.

A man whose very life breathed the grace and love of God, no one who ever met him, received his counsel, or sat under his ministry, could have escaped the sheer Christlikeness of Mr. Still’s life. In the early days of his ministry he wrote: “There is no part of me, or of my life, that I will withhold from the work that God has called me to.”

It was one of the marks of his evident commitment to the service of Christ that he devoted himself to the pastoral care of his people, providing them with daily Bible reading notes that would feed their souls and prepare them for works of service. The “Notes”, which appeared in the monthly “Congregational Record,” soon became highly sought after across Scotland, the United Kingdom, and even to the far-flung corners of the world, increasing in many a love for and commitment to the Word of God.

Drawn from every book in the Bible, this selection, edited and arranged by David C. Searle, will take the reader through the year with William Still. These pages will explain what it means to live under the authority of Scripture, to exalt the glorious Person of Christ, and to rejoice in the wonder of the gospel.

 

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