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Dear Dayspring Family,

On Sunday mornings for the past month we have been studying Colossians.  In that time, we have been pressed by Paul to know the truth about Jesus, to warn those who deny the truth, and to defend it in the face of false teachers.   I hope these messages have been encouraging and instructive.

In his book, Holiness, J.C. Ryle, a pastor in England in the 19th centruy, wrote a chapter encouraging Christians to understand the times and to act accordingly.  His words, though written over 100 years ago, need to be heard again in the 21st century.  Listen to what he has to say.  His message is much like Paul’s to the Colossian church.

“The times require a bold and unflinching maintenance of the entire truth of Christianity, and the divine authority of the Bible.  Our lot is cast in an age of abounding unbelief, skepticism and, I fear I must add, infidelity. Never, perhaps, since the days of Celsus, Porphyry and Julian, was the truth of revealed religion so openly and unblushingly assailed — and never was the assault so speciously and plausibly conducted. The words which Bishop Butler wrote in 1736 are curiously applicable to our own days "It is come to be taken for granted by many people, that Christianity is not even a subject of inquiry, but that it is now at length assumed to be fictitious. And accordingly they treat it as if, in the present age, this was an agreed point among all people of discernment, and nothing remained but to set it up as a principal subject of mirth and ridicule, for its having so long interrupted the pleasures of the world." I often wonder what the good bishop would have now said, if he had lived in 1879!

In reviews, magazines, newspapers, lectures, essays and sometimes even in sermons — scores of clever writers are incessantly waging war against the very foundations of Christianity. Reason, science, geology, anthropology, modern discoveries, free thought — are all boldly asserted to be on their side. No educated person, we are constantly told nowadays — can really believe Christianity, or the plenary inspiration of the Bible, or the possibility of miracles. Such ancient doctrines as the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the personality of the Holy Spirit, the atonement, the necessity and efficacy of prayer, the existence of the devil and the reality of future eternal punishment — are quietly put on the shelf as useless old almanacs, or contemptuously thrown overboard as lumber! And all this is done so cleverly, and with such an appearance of candor and liberality, and with such compliments to the capacity and nobility of human nature — that multitudes of unstable Christians are carried away as by a flood, and become partially unsettled, if they do not make complete shipwreck of faith.

The existence of this plague of unbelief must not surprise us for a moment. It is only an old enemy in a new dress — an old disease in a new form. Since the day when Adam and Eve fell, the devil has never ceased to tempt men not to believe God, and has said, directly or indirectly, "You shall not die — even if you do not believe." In the latter days especially, we have warrant of Scripture for expecting an abundant crop of unbelief, "When the Son of man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?" "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse," "There shall come in the last days scoffers" (Luke 18:8; 2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Peter 3:3). Here in England, skepticism is that natural rebound from semi-popery and superstition which many wise men have long predicted and expected. It is precisely that swing of the pendulum which far-sighted students of human nature looked for; and it has come.

But as I tell you not to be surprised at the widespread skepticism of the times, so also I must urge you not to be shaken in mind by it, or moved from your steadfastness. There is no real cause for alarm. The ark of God is not in danger, though the oxen seem to shake it. Christianity has survived the attacks of Hume and Hobbes and Tindal, of Collins and Woolston and Bolingbroke and Chubb, of Voltaire and Payne and Holyoake. These men made a great noise in their day, and frightened weak people — but they produced no more effect than idle travelers produce by scratching their names on the great pyramid of Egypt.

Depend on it, Christianity in like manner will survive the attacks of the clever writers of these times. The startling novelty of many modern objections to revelation, no doubt, makes them seem more weighty than they really are. It does not follow, however, that hard knots cannot be untied, because our clumsy fingers cannot untie them — or formidable difficulties cannot be explained, because our eyes cannot see through or explain them. When you cannot answer a skeptic, be content to wait for more light; but never forsake a great Scriptural principle.”


May we continue to be faithful to God’s Inerrant Word.


Pastor Dave



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Dayspring Presbyterian Church
1045 Highway 41 South
Forsyth, Georgia 31029
Phone 478 994 4503
Fax 478 994 9601
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Office Hours
  • Typically - Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 to 3:00
  • Prayer
    9:00 AM
  • Sunday School
    9:30 AM
  • Morning Worship
    10:45 AM
  • Home Bible Study Fellowship at the Stricklands unless stated otherwise
    6:00 PM
  • Fellowship Meal
    6:00 PM
  • Prayer Time and Bible discussion groups meet
    6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Upcoming Events

Home Bible Study Fellowship - Join us for this time of prayerful, interactive discussion centered in Scriptures that pertain to the daily lives of Dayspring and its people. Each Sunday Evening, 6:00 pm at the Strickland home, unless otherwise stated. 

Graduation Snack Supper – Please join us as we celebrate the graduation of Meg Strickland, Kendrick Devontae Watkins and Paige Bass on Sunday, May 21, immediately following the service. Bring sweet and savory finger foods to share with everyone.

Baby Bottle Boomerang – On this Mother’s Day we invite you to participate in the annual fundraiser for The Pregnancy Center, the “Baby Bottle Boomerang.” Pick up a bottle for your family, sign the sheet and return the bottle with your gifts on Father’s Day, June 18th.

United in Pink - WIC is collecting donations and small items that will be used in baskets of love to women going through breast cancer.  Please see the bulletin board for suggested items or talk with Dottie Chambers for more information.  Items collected in the pink box will be delivered after June 4th.

Christmas is Coming!  This summer we will use the second Monday of each month to work on crafts for the Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  Everyone welcome!

















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