Covenant College Zambia Trust

We’ve just had a great weekend with Rev. David Lachmann, Katie and the children who are touring the UK telling about the excellent work of Covenant College Trust in Zambia. You can find out more information about the Trust from a couple of sources.

Their Facebook Page here.

Their Web Page here.

We commend them to your prayers both in their own-going deputation work and as they return to Zambia in the new year.

Three Lies We Easily Believe (by Pastor Jim Savastio)

This was orignially posted at Reformed Baptist Fellowship blog.

Three Lies We Easily Believe

When we choose (*) to absent ourselves from the gathering of the saints we may well be the victim of one or more of Satan’s lies.

The first lie is that I don’t need ‘it’. By ‘it’ I mean that time of worship, that time of instruction, that time of fellowship, or that time of prayer. When placed on the scales of whatever else it is that I want or prefer at that time I am believing the lie that the means of grace matter little to me. I don’t get much out of prayer meetings, I don’t benefit from Sunday School, I don’t like it when that particular preacher preaches. I certainly don’t need it.

The second lie is that I don’t need ‘them’. That is the saints. I could be with them. I could fellowship with them, enjoy them, be strengthened by them. When I choose to consistently absent myself when they are together, I am believing the devil’s lie that I am sufficient within myself.

The third lie that we can easily believe is that they don’t need ‘me’. My presence or absence makes no difference. Whether I am beside that brother or sister, whether my pastor sees me and interacts with me, whether or not my voice is joined in praises or my heart is lifted up with my brethren in prayer is a matter of indifference. It is true that the church will get by, but there is a great difference between full strength and partial strength. There is a difference between a family when all are present, a body without parts missing, a building with all the walls or stones in place.

The gathering of the saints matters. May we not carelessly neglect it.

*I am not referring to what we generally call ‘providential hindrance’ or necessary absence–I am referring to habitually absenting ourselves from the means of grace.

Jim Savastio, Pastor
Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville

The Philip Project

Philip Project TIFFPuzzled or confused about the Bible, or what it teaches? A few thousand years ago, a very intelligent man was but God gave him help. We read in Acts 8

Acts 8:27-31 And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

Would you appreciate a Philip to come and help you to understand what you read? Perhaps you’re never read the Bible at all? Pop over to our ‘Philip Project‘ page and get in contact with us.