The question of when we will be gathering together again has been the subject of much prayer and discussion by our church’s leadership. We are asking God for wisdom as we attempt to follow the guidelines of New York State and New York City regarding the timing for reopening our church campus. At the same time, we are making plans and putting protocols in place to ensure your safety and well-being when we are able to meet again. Stay tuned for updates as more information becomes available.  

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join us for Tuesday Prayer Onlinebeginning at 7pm; Sunday Worship Online, beginning at 9am; and weekday Devotions Onlinebeginning at 10am. We also invite you to check the Churchwide Announcements on our home page to learn about additional online events for each member of your family.

The Passion of Patience

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

“Though it tarries, wait for it.” (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV)

Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts.  The vision of God is the source of patience, because it imparts a moral inspiration.  Moses endured, not because he had an idea of right and duty, but because he had a vision of God.  He “endured, as seeing Him Who is invisible.”  A man with the vision of God is not devoted to a cause or to any particular issue; he is devoted to God Himself.  You always know when the vision is of God because of the inspiration that comes with it; things come with largeness and tonic to the life because everything is energized by God.  If God gives you a time spiritually, as He gave his Son actually, of temptation in the wilderness, with no word from Himself at all, endure, and the power to endure is there because you see God.

“Though it tarries, wait for it.”  The proof that we have the vision is that we are reaching out for more than we have grasped.  It is a bad thing to be satisfied spiritually.  “What shall I render to the Lord?” said the Psalmist.  “I will take the cup of salvation.”  We are apt to look for satisfaction in ourselves— “Now I have got the thing; now I am entirely sanctified; now I can endure.”  Instantly we are on the road to ruin.  Our reach must exceed our grasp.  “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect.”  If we have only what we have experienced, we have nothing; if we have the inspiration of the vision of God, we have more than we can experience.  Beware of the danger of relaxation spiritually.

-Oswald Chambers (excerpted from My Utmost for His Highest)

Read Habakkuk 2:1-3.

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